aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2005 April 20 03:58 PM
File under: Geek

They've got robo-exo skeletons now that can give the wearer added strength:

New Scientist Technology - Bionic suit offers wearers super-strength

Two control systems interact to help the wearer stand, walk and climb stairs. A "bio-cybernic" system uses bioelectric sensors attached to the skin on the legs to monitor signals transmitted from the brain to the muscles. It can do this because when someone intends to stand or walk, the nerve signal to the muscles generates a detectable electric current on the skin's surface. These currents are picked up by the sensors and sent to the computer, which translates the nerve signals into signals of its own for controlling electric motors at the hips and knees of the exoskeleton. It takes a fraction of a second for the motors to respond accordingly, and in fact they respond fractionally faster to the original signal from the brain than the wearer's muscles do. "The motors respond faster to signals from the wearer's brain than their own muscles"

I wonder if you could use this trick to control robotic "angel" wings that fold up or extend according to how you flex some muscle. Specifically some muscle other than your arms, like say when you ball your fists tightly they extend and otherwise stay folded?

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