Welcome to the Llama Pit

Aaron Moore: When I checked into 1st Force Recon Company there was a sign above the platoon area, it said "The Llama Pit." Now I've done two tours with the unit and still to this day can't find anyone who knows why or when that sign went up. It may not make sense to anyone else, but I like it. It's one of those unknowns, like crop circles and the Loch Ness monster. Welcome to the Llama Pit!

November 01, 2009

One small step for man

In addition to building better machines, DARPA also wants to build better soldiers. American infantrymen since the Revolutionary War have griped about all the gear they have to carry—sometimes more than 100 pounds. Enter DARPA, with the idea of building an exoskeleton capable of supporting this weight and providing a powered system of robotic legs to help the soldier carry the load. Researchers from University of California at Berkeley are showing off their Lower Extremity Exoskeleton, which straps onto a soldier’s legs and lets him (or her) carry a load of 85 pounds without feeling it. The Berkeley team has tested it and plans to have a fully functional prototype by December 2005. (Slate.msn.com)

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