Awesome Home-Built Elysium Exoskeleton Lifts 170 Pounds Like Nothing

YouTuber The Hacksmith has been working on his Elysium-inspired exoskeleton for a long time. Now it's finally paid off: The pneumatic-powered cyborg arms let him curl more than 170 pounds like it's an empty pillow sack, complete with exactly the sort of robotic sounds you'd expect.

Clearly, The Hacksmith's work isn't done yet—he's still relying on his puny human legs, when a pair of cybernetic exo-pants would be way more badass. And, yeah, the whole rig sort of looks like it was made out of overgrown Erector parts. Still, I don't see you curling 170 pounds so effortlessly.

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Just, please, don't try this at home. At least, not until someone comes up with a cyborg robo-suit to prevent you from throwing out your back. [The Hacksmith]

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Reader's guide for young people: Erector Sets by the A.C. Gilbert Co. were a staple of childhood when I was growing up in the '50s. There were constructions kits with steel girders, angle irons, wheels, pulleys, belts, and a big box of nuts and bolts all packaged in an indestructible steel box. The instructions showed how to make models of real machines, but more often we just put them together as the spirit moved us. For reasons no one ever understood the different size kits were number by halves; mine was the #6½ kit. Some had spring-wound motors, while more advanced ones had electric motors. The sets were first marketed in 1913; the name still exists but their popularity waned after around 1970. The first working prototype of an artificial heart was built with an Erector set.