Fact or Fiction: Exoskeletons

By: Patrick J. Kiger

Fact or Fiction: Exoskeletons
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About This Quiz

So you're a would-be Tony Stark. But how much do you actually know about powered exoskeletons, aka "Iron Man" suits? Test your knowledge with our Fact or Fiction quiz.
A powered exoskeleton is inserted into the human body.
Fact
Fiction
A human body would fit inside a powered exoskeleton.

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The title character of the 1987 movie "Robocop" was a police officer who donned a powered exoskeleton each morning before going out to fight crime.
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Fiction
The title character of "Robocop," played by actor Peter Weller, was not a man inside a powered suit, but the head (including the brain) of a murdered police officer grafted onto a fully robotic body.

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The Pentagon has spent millions trying to develop powered exoskeletons.
Fact
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been funding a major exoskeleton research project since 2000.
Fiction

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The 1858 dime novel "Steam Man of the Prairies" was the first depiction of a device with an artificial exoframe and mechanical muscles.
Fact
"Steam Man of the Prairies" depicted a device similar to a powered exoskeleton.
Fiction

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The first working powered exoskeleton was developed in the 1920s.
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Fiction
The first working powered exoskeleton was developed in the 1960s.

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The comics character Iron Man debuted in 1972.
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Fiction
Iron Man made his first appearance in 1963.

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The Pentagon's initial name for the powered exoskeleton was the "servo soldier."
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Powered exoskeletons were called "servo soldiers" by the Pentagon in the 1960s.
Fiction

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The Springtail exoskeleton can swim underwater.
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Fiction
The Springtail exoskeleton can fly, but not swim.

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General Electric's early exoskeleton design was called the Terminator.
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Fiction
GE's 1960s exoskeleton was called the pediculator.

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In the 1980s, government researchers developed an exoskeleton design called the Pitman suit.
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The Pitman suit was developed in the 1980s at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Fiction

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Cornell University's mid-1960s exoskeleton design was called the Batman suit.
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Fiction
Cornell's exoskeleton design was called the superman suit.

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The latest generation of exoskeleton designs are quieter than an office printer.
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Yes, the latest generation of exoskeleton designs are quieter than an office printer.
Fiction

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The Japanese HAL exoskeleton uses muscle movements to move the mechanical limbs.
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Fiction
HAL is designed to pick up impulses from the brain, not movements from muscles.

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DARPA wants an exoskeleton capable of carrying hundreds of pounds for hours straight.
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Yes, that's exactly what DARPA wants -- an exoskeleton capable of carrying hundreds of pounds for hours straight.
Fiction

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In the early 1960s, exoskeletons were sometimes called man amplifiers.
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Yes, in the early 1960s, exoskeletons were called man amplifiers, as well as superman suits.
Fiction

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In the comics, Iron Man is incapable of flight.
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Fiction
Iron Man can fly.

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Iron Man's alter ego, Tony Stark, graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Tony Stark did graduate from MIT.
Fiction

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The designer of the XOS powered exoskeleton once also designed a robotic dinosaur.
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Steve Jacobsen, the designer of the XOS powered exoskeleton, once also designed a robotic dinosaur.
Fiction

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In science fiction, powered exoskeletons are sometimes called BattleMechs.
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The imaginary BattleMechs are essentially powered exoskeletons.
Fiction

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The latest generation of exoskeletons can carry 500 pounds of weight.
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Fiction
The latest exoskeletons can carry 200 pounds of weight.

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Real-life powered exoskeletons can talk to the wearer.
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Fiction
Powered exoskeletons do not yet have speech capabilities.

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