Conal Mc Beth, also known as Dr. Holocaust on stage, performer, comic book author, science promoter, physicist, computer programmer, and electronics engineer builds a steel armored hybrid powered limb suit that uses motors controlled by switches built into the suit that respond to his muscle movement. The switches are designed not only to switch on current but to flip the electrical terminals from the DC lithium ion battery in reverse orientation to reverse the polarity of the current in case the pilot wants to move the suit in reverse direction. The suit also carries a spinning assembly of metallic tubes powered by an electric motor that demonstrate the possibility of armored suits being used to carry automatic Gatling Guns. The images of the powered suit can be found below:
In related news, a Japanese Scientist, Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai builds a similar powered suit. The full story can be found at the following link:http://thefutureofthings.com/pod/5701/hal-robot-suit.html
The Japanese automation and robotics giant Sakakibara-Kikai also builds robotic limbs but this time in the form of a land-walker. The full story can be read at the following link:http://www.gizmag.com/go/4004/
Though building suits like this might seem fun, they can also be extremely dangerous since large amounts of electrical and mechanical power need to be used. If the suit is not insulated correctly, it could cause electric arcs to form between the metal plates and the circuitry which could burn the operator alive, and if the operator's skin touches an exposed live wire, they could be electrocuted. Also, the circuits controlling the motors must be very carefully inspected so that the motors' power outputs are carefully regulated. If the motors turn the limbs in a position they cannot be moved to, or if there is a sudden surge in power, it could tear the person's muscles and ligaments apart, or it could break their bones. The robots were also placed within safety lines during public demonstrations since a sudden accidental swing of the limbs could strike the observers and cause serious injury such as head concussions and crushed ribs. It just goes to show that industrial robotics is definitely not child's play and this is further demonstrated by Conal's dangerous gimmicks which include the use of a fast spinning assembly of metal tubes which could snap fingers if they came in close contact or scrape flesh and the use of a Tesla globe which can be seen on the chest of the suit which, being powered by a built in inverter-transformer power supply delivering 1,000V of electricity runs the globe and runs the risk of electrical shock, electrical arcs, and arc explosions.