Who predicts when we'll have gadgets like Iron Man?

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  1. Marsel Registered Senior Member

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    I'll give it 20-30 years
     
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  3. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Which particular "gadgets like Iron Man"?
    And what is your 20-30 year assessment based on?
     
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  5. Marsel Registered Senior Member

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    Like a wearable robot if thats what you call it. I'm just saying it based on how fast we're advancing technology right now 5 years ago the best cell phone was a razor
     
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  7. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    And where would the power source go?
    What actually would the power source be?

    Cell phone technology doesn't exactly translate across to independently-powered, flying suits of armour.
     
  8. Marsel Registered Senior Member

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    I'm just saying, a simple prediction.
     
  9. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    But it's not a "prediction" it's an unsubstantiated guess.
    As far as I know there's no particular call for an Iron Man suit, and the US military has difficulties enough with exoskeletons already.
    What they have managed to build is bulky, provides no armour (and the proposed armoured variants are massively bulky) and likely to cost too much other for issue to highly specialised troops.
    And the rest of the gadgetry, repulsor rays (still very much science fiction), pop-out weapons (oh yeah, when did missiles that destructive get that small) etc. are even further away.
    And flying? Forget it...
     
  10. baftan ******* Valued Senior Member

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    Forget about Iron Man gadgets, do you have the gadgets and armour used by kings and knights around five or ten century ago under your possession? Being able to produce a gadget/armour is one thing, having them -or at least trying them- is another thing...
     
  11. Marsel Registered Senior Member

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    I don't care about trying lol well I guess you guys got a point but 20-30 years is a long time. A genius could have been borned right now and 30 years later he'll be 30 years old with a lot of knowledge you never know
     
  12. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Why build suits of armor when you could just become invisible? I mean if no one knew where you were , you could do many things without ever being noticed.

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  13. baftan ******* Valued Senior Member

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    You didn't satisfy the "Machines" part of this sub-forum, yet this one hits the "Intelligence" target. Still there is a question: How are you planning to achieve invisibility? With or without costumes/machines/technology?
     
  14. siledre Registered Senior Member

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    there is so much technology in that armor 20 or 30 years would be needed to even understand one of them. microcircuitry, repulsors, internet connection... okay, we have wireless internet so that's done. I think a more likely time frame would be 200 to 300 years. don't even talk about what it would take to minimize the G-forces being generated at the speeds he was going or how you get the suit to fly in a straight line.
     
  15. Marsel Registered Senior Member

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    Actually, when I posted this thread I wasn't really thinking about the repulsors. The only thing that came to my mind was the flying part, super strength, computer technology, and the strength of the suit
     
  16. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    There are no limits to the imagination, however when it comes to prototyping and eventual production there is an artificial construct usually to define things for health and safety, as well as cost appraisal. On top of that there would actually be practical and viability considerations, as well as environmental.

    Would we build a self surrounding armour. Well you would have to name a lightweight composite that could take explosions as well as blunt trauma without needing to be panel beaten back into shape. (Having a metal exoskeleton could be problemmatic if crushed with significant force, afterall if you are inside a metal composite container and it's form is bent out of shape, it would bend directly into you and stay that way)

    By definition most designs are built to do a particular job and do it well. That's why we don't have upright walking robots doing the dishes, instead you have a dishwasher that's plumbed in.

    While Future Technology will always strive to be different, it will usually succumb to it's own form of Darwinistic Divergence, where it's either revised to get it ergonomic or shelved/scrapped because of it's obsoletion.
     
  17. Mexican_Sage Registered Member

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    Armor robots and also wearable seems unlikely even in the movie Iron Man 2 US army decided to go the unmanned way of robotics, using robot suits beats the purpose of building a robot in first place.

    Invisibility is more likely and seems Japan pioneered in studies of bending light also US to achieve invisibility, which right now could be some development in suits and vehicles to do recon missions, infiltration, espionage. I doubt it would be used in open war unless they risk loosing technology to rivals which why military usually just has technology that never uses and later becomes civilian use.


    I think in 20-30 years robotics will be very advanced, but those robots will probably also clean sewers, manage waste, delivery and other repetitive tasks while also military will have human form robots but definetly more practical than the ones used in Iron Man 2, why have a 6 feet flying combat robot, if you can have one that flies other than shoots both with more precision and less risk of destruction.
     
  18. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    Screw the Iron Man suit ---- what about Tony Stark's awesome AI-controlled laboratory? I'd give my right arm for something like that.

    Where he would describe things to the computer, and the computer would output all kinds of sophisticated 3d rendering on the fly, crunch complex problems, perform analysis, or automate various processes (IE - make me a sprocket that can fit in this gizmo).
     
  19. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps technology will advance far enough that we can wear a suit that "bends" light enough that it would render us invisible to others.
     
  20. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Think of owning the rights to those!
    Sales would be phenomenal.
    Nobody who bought one would be able to find it after they'd taken it off and have to go buy another.

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  21. baftan ******* Valued Senior Member

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    What sales? I would just go to changing cabin to try it and nobody would find me again. If security alarms go wild, it means they were trying to sell a fake product and I would sue them. Win win situation.
     
  22. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Damn! I didn't think of that.
    Er, I mean, you're obviously a criminal type, that would never have occurred to a law-abiding citizen such as myself.

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  23. kororoti Registered Senior Member

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    That's the main technological difference between us and Iron Man. Once Tony Stark had come up with a workable power source (that thing in his chest), the rest was relatively quite easy for him.
     
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