Phoenix exoskeleton aims for cheaper price, agile experience (Tomorrow Daily 308)On today's show: an exoskeleton aiming to someday compete with electric wheelchair prices, and Microsoft sheds more light on its underwater data center experiment.
[MUSIC] Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Jeff Cannata. And I'm Ashley Esqueda. Welcome to our rapid-fire episode. Let's talk about some headlines. [MUSIC] Exoskeletons are traditionally cumbersome and expensive. But SuitX's Phoenix exoskeleton aims to change all that. The Phoenix robotic exoskeleton is a finalist in this year's UAE artificial intelligence and robotics award for good competition. SuitX has been working on the Phoenix for years, but the version entered into this year's competition. Looks to be the finished retail model. It weighs just 27 pounds, is fully modular and can adjust to the wearers height and weight. The robotic legs are controlled by buttons mounted on the devices crutches. The cost of the suit is $40,000 which seems expensive until you compare it to the ReWalk suit which costs $70,000 and is a lot more cumbersome. Tudex actually wants to bring the cost down even further and make it more in line for something you would pay for an electric wheelchair. That would be a life changing experience. Yeah, to be able to have an option of a wheelchair or an exoskeleton Make the price comparable, incredible. That would be amazing. All right, so from robotic exoskeletons all the way to Microsoft doing some very interesting things with their Project Natick. Did you know that they were testing an underwater data center? The experiment consisted of a 38,000 pound data center nicknamed Leona Philpot from Halo, that was lowered into waters off the coast of central California. The data center spent three months underwater, and performed so well that Microsoft was able to use it for its cloud computing service, Azure. So why underwater? Well, cooling becomes a non issue because of the water's temperature. Lower latency results for seaside residences becomes more possible. And deployment time would be much faster than a data center on land. Their next launch prototype will be four times larger than Leona Philpot with 20 times the computing power. That's really exciting, but I think I'd also like to see them aim for maybe an artificial reef as the casing for that data center. You get to be on data center island and just frolic all day? No, we could shoot the next Finding Nemo movie off of a Microsoft data center. There you go. I just like the fact that they name everything after Halo now. Yeah, that's pretty great. We've got Cortona and we got Leona, Leona Fillpot. I like it. So which of these do you think we should talk about on Thursday. Man, it's a tough choice. Yeah, I like the exoskeleton personally. It's pretty exciting. I feel like we have to talk about. About the exoskeleton. Cuz there's a lot of stuff going on with that, and they are actually competing this weekend. So it's very timely. So tune back in on Thursday to hear us deep dive on that topic and other topics from the week. And you can also participate in that conversation by using our hashtag HeyTD. Yeah, use the hashtag HeyTD. You can talk to use about any of the stories you hear, and especially the ones that we are gonna talk about on Thursday. Please feel free to get in on that, and with that being said, let's talk about our phonetographer for the day. [MUSIC] Today's phonetographer Uma, who shot this photo on her iPhone 6 Plus. Yeah. Uma wrote to us and said, my name is Uma from India, presently living in Australia. And this is a picture taken on my iPhone 6s Plus outside my house while it was raining. No filters added. You may use this picture for your show. Beautiful rainbow. Gorgeous. It almost looks fake it's so perfect. I know I love it. You guys really always send in the best pictures. And if you'd like to participate in our phonetographer of the day segment, please feel free to send your photos to this email right here, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also some feedback and questions? Yeah, make sure you tell us what device you took that photo on and give us permission to use it on the show. We also love little stories We do. About why you took it and what it is. And all that good stuff. If you want to find us on social media we are available all over the internet. Come look for us, we're easy to find we promise- Yeah. And we're also really fun so come hang out. Hey that's gonna do it for this episode. Come back tomorrow and Thursday we got lots more fun stuff for you. Until then. Keep it human bye. [MUSIC]