Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics brings onstage two amazing exoskeletons, HULC and eLEGS — robotic add-ons that could one day allow a human to carry 200 pounds without tiring, or allow a wheelchair user to stand and walk. It’s a powerful onstage demo, with implications for human potential of all kinds.


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  1. #1 LarianLeQuella
    April 12, 2011

    Seriously? BENDER? Better stock up on alcohol! :D

  2. #2 peter
    April 12, 2011

    Seriously? BENDER? Better stock up on alcohol! :D

    can you elaborate on the significance of your comment in light of the invention and its applications.

    It is hard for me to remember having read more concentrated steaming steer manure.

  3. #3 LarianLeQuella
    April 12, 2011

    @Peter,

    “Bender” is a main character (a psychotic robot that runs on alcohol) in a TV cartoon series by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) called Futurama. My post was meant to be HUMOUR as denoted by the “large grin” smiley face.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurama

    It’s actually a very funny show, and I found that the name Bender, associated with robitics conjured up the image.

    Thanks for the insult. I’m glad no one on the entire planet would share my amusement and get a chuckle out of that juxtaposition.

  4. #4 travc
    April 12, 2011

    Relax and watch an episode of Futurama. It’s a joke, a pretty funny one actually.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    April 12, 2011

    I was LOLing about the Bender thing when I first saw it as well. Wondering if there is a connection.

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    April 12, 2011

    Even having seen fewer than half a dozen episodes of Futurama, I laughed. It was an inevitable joke that I would never have seen coming.

  7. #7 Phil
    April 12, 2011

    Well done sir. I congratulate science on its accomplishments.

  8. #8 gwen
    April 12, 2011

    With a name like Eythor Bender, you would almost HAVE to study to be a scientist. The name is so very fitting. With a surname like ‘Bender’, Robotics is a given! Awesome invention BTW! :D

  9. #9 travc
    April 12, 2011

    David X. Cohen should at least see to it that she gets some trinket of Bender (the character) in the mail with a “cool work” note. Of course, they could give her a nod in an actual episode. He’s a giant geek, so it is possible.

  10. #10 uqbar
    April 13, 2011

    On the one hand, I like the idea that TED promotes innovation and new ideas. On the other hand, there is something about TED that I find elitist, self-congratulating, self-promoting, and unquestioning with regard to the benefits of technology (much as I like technology myself).

    Whenever I see something from TED, I fell like I’m watching a spoiled rich kid show off his new car.

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    April 13, 2011

    I agree, though there are often good talks.

  12. #12 orjinmarket
    April 13, 2011

    Thanks for the insult. I’m glad no one on the entire planet would share my amusement and get a chuckle out of that juxtaposition.

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