Could "Super Suits" For Baby Boomers Defuse The Demographic Time Bomb?

A Silicon Valley startup is gambling on the demographic time bomb that is set to explode in the Western world over the next several decades. The company hopes baby boomers will abandon their canes, wheelchairs, and walkers for futuristic robotic-powered “super suits” that works with the user’s muscles to help boost strength. Just imagine if grandma was turned into a cyborg with one of these contraptions...

The ‘super suit’ helps boost the power of the wearer’s muscles. (Source: Seismic/BBC)

The company called Seismic, an apparel and robotics company spin-off from SRI International, has debuted a new kind of technology that millennials hope could be the solution to defuse the demographic time bomb.

The wearable powered suits aim to improve the wearer’s core strength and turn baby boomers into productive beings once more. The suit’s ‘electric muscles,’ powered by miniature motors are embedded into the futuristic, Under Armour-like clothing around the joints of the body via grips in the suit that function like human tendons.

Motor-powered ‘muscles’ are attached to the clothing near the wearer’s joints. (Source: Seismic/BBC)

A computer and sensors monitor the user’s body movements are also integrated into the suit; complex software with machine learning characteristics decide when the smart clothing should provide extra energy to the user. The hardware in the suit is of low-profile hexagon-shaped pods for a sleek design.

“Right now the only kinds of products that can help people are walkers and canes,” Rich Mahoney, founder and CEO of Seismic told BBC. “The other option is to stay home or to limit your activity. And most people choose that because they don’t really want to associate themselves with those other kinds of products.”

For saleability purposes, Seismic partnered with designer Yves Béhar. “The goal is to make a product that you actually want to wear, not one that you have to wear,” Béhar told BBC. “Comfort is extremely important, as well as aesthetics.”

Seismic plans to debut the powered suit at the Future Starts Here, an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London later this year. The company plans to target demographically challenged markets including the US, Japan, and the UK.

Wearable smart apparel for baby boomers and the ‘senior market’ is set to explode in the next decade. The percentage of the global population that is 65 or older will double from 10 percent to 20 percent by 2050, according to Visual Capitalist.

The company is also exploring clothing lines to help those who have experienced strokes and children with muscular dystrophy. There are even plans that the product could be used for occupational safety and industrial applications, for example, auto manufacturing, construction activities, and warehousing.

“As a designer, my focus is in ensuring that this technology is used in a way that makes sense for us as humans – that it improves our daily lives,” said Béhar.

He believes that wearable smart technology is in its infancy. “Ten years from now, technology will only be more invisible,” he added.

So, Seismic is an example of Silicon Valley millennials racing against time with technology to defuse the demographic time bomb that is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations this country has ever seen. The goal, well, it is to turn the baby boomer generation into productive cyborgs and avoid a collapse. Something tells us the collision at play is irreversible. 

Comments

glenlloyd Korogaro Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

That's about right, you're going to have to make those in 4XL or most boomers not gonna get into one.

I think it's silly that we have to now have a powered suit to make people productive again. Why can't they just get off the couch and lost some weight and show a little restraint at the buffet table? Oh yeah...they have never been denied anything ever, and their debts at the moment demonstrate that this is precisely the problem with most boomers.

I'm a boomer and I don't need no God damn powered suit.

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Shillinlikeavillan halcyon Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:37 Permalink

Looks like the 50/60/70 something shitbags are out in force on ZH again...

 

... just admit it: your generation SUCKS ASS... you fuckers destroyed everything that your parents gave you and you all should just go away peacefully into the night...

 

"Increase productivity"? HAH, didn't happen 40 years ago, won't happen now... How about something to hasten the trip 6 feet under instead?

 

>_>

 

 

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brushhog keep the basta… Wed, 07/11/2018 - 08:53 Permalink

Whats the purpose of a business? To make money. How do most silicon valley tech companies make money? They create a buzz, get investors on board, and apply for R-and-D grants from the government. Whether or not they actually produce a marketable product is beside the point. This company puts a ten+ year timeline until their "supersuits" are ready to be marketed. Thats a decade or more of tech trade shows, articles, grant applications, and general shilling for gullible investor funds.

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EvilSpock Shillinlikeavillan Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

What you fail to understand, we were as arrogant as you are in thinking we were doing the right thing, that our parents fucked everything up. But once the socialists/communists take over, they'll just kill you so you won't be a resource sucking 70 yr old shit bag.

Your comment proves you'll make the same errors, arrogance blinds your ignorance.

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Endgame Napoleon halcyon Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:40 Permalink

Need higher wages and a renewed respect for physical labor, ensuring that citizens—not imported workers living mostly on welfare due to instant-citizen US-born kids—can make a living again doing those manual labor jobs, even if it means that palace size must be downgraded a bit. The rich can afford those bigly houses, anyway, and they can afford to pay American citizens to perform the labor. One reason young citizens aren’t doing it as much is the fact that manual labor is under-appreciated. Another reason is that they lack the training, whereas those skills are still emphasized in other countries. The biggest reason is wages and hours that are insufficient to support an independent household.

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css1971 headless blogger Wed, 07/11/2018 - 03:17 Permalink

Its not gluttony. Its shitty diet advice they have recieved from their parents, teachers and government.

1. Carbs are seasonal.  Your body is designed to eat them just prior to winter. The effect they have is to be stored as fat.... For winter.

2. After they have been processed, they trigger another hunger signal. This takes about an hour or 2. A heavy carb diet leaves you hungry every 2 hours.

3. There is no "this is the limit" signal in the body for carbs so it will allow you to eat unlimited amounts and just keep shovelling the results at fat stores.

4. Carbs spike insulin levels. When insulin is high, your body is in store food mode, it suppresses body fat burning.

5. Oh yeah, I forgot. Carbs are highly addictive. They light up the same areas of the brain as crack cocaine. The survival purpose being to drive you to get more... For winter.

So what actually happened to millenials is ignorant parents threw them to the sugar peddlers as children. The same sugar peddlers that bought out government.

You could say they were sacrifices to The State.

This has political ramifications too because fat cells produce oestrogen and oestrogen drives social behaviour.

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S.N.A.F.U. css1971 Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:46 Permalink

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Carbs are seasonal.

Thanks for that additional piece to the puzzle I have been trying to assemble.  I had already "learned" about fruit being seasonal and how from an evolutionary perspective that's related to us not being able to deal with downing boatloads of fruit every day (e.g. NAFLD).  Of course, it's so blatantly obvious once you see it stated, but society has not trained us to think this way, and the modern grocery store makes our evolutionary history easy to ignore (but not its effects).

After they have been processed, they trigger another hunger signal. This takes about an hour or 2. A heavy carb diet leaves you hungry every 2 hours.

It's unfortunate our hunger signal means multiple things - it can be confusing.  I noticed this when I was doing carb-based intermittent fasting (4 hour eating window, 20 hour fast).  It became very obvious that the returning hunger signal was not an "oh my, you're gonna die of starvation if you don't eat now!" signal, but rather a "heh, if you want to eat some more, I, your digestive system, am totally ready for another round".  I would make use of this to space out my courses during the eating window.  But that one last hunger signal that comes after you've already finished eating for the day has to just be ignored.  That last bit can be tough for a lot of people, especially those who have no idea what the hunger signal actually means (and doesn't mean).

Carbs are highly addictive.

For anyone in doubt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ageoqu1finU
(Of course, that video is only showing taste response, not the low blood sugar driven hunger response that comes later.)

And don't forget the soda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMOD8IuIgoo

The lies, deceptions and utter disregard for human life of the USDA, the corn industry (HFCS), the edible oil industry et al may not be long for this world.  Those groups are getting bypassed and exposed just like the MSM.  There's an excellent video (which I found out about here on ZH) which discusses this idea (along with a bunch of other good stuff, including Peterson's own experience with going LCHF and finally full carnivore): Joe Rogan Experience #1139 - Jordan Peterson

Peterson's experience is not unlike my own (and a lot of other people's) - after seeing such a multitude of positive changes happening not only "in person" but in your own body, you can start to wonder "what can't a good diet fix?"  (Though of course, it's really "what wasn't the bad diet breaking".)  I hadn't even noticed several things getting away from a 24/7 carb-based diet had fixed until Peterson mentioning them triggered my brain into realizing the same had happened with me.  It's really sad thinking about how when I was a kid my own loving mother was effectively poisoning me on a daily basis, and how so many still are.  I would also feel pretty bad about giving my sister a hard time about not being able to lose weight back then (using diets which I now understand had zero chance of actually working)... if she hadn't also been such a total spoiled brat.

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