This is pretty darn cool, and slightly frightening at the same time. Perhaps that’s why they went with the extra-lame name? I’m just waiting for a version in nicer colours to come to my favorite hiking store…

While using a biological module for the complex tasks of route selection, perception, hazard avoidance, and self-maintenance is a great idea (though of course not a new idea), I do wonder what happens if the mechanical musculature loses synch with the biological partners – I hope there are load limiters liberally scattered around! Of course your really don’t want to have a software vulnerability allowing the enemy to rip off your legs at the push of a button either. It’s great to have undergrads in the lab for testing isn’t it?

I’d go for the poster offer, but the model isn’t up to my standards I’m afraid!