Alphabet Xs Exosuit Problems?
By now, anyone who is even remotely knowledgeable about the cutting edge of the human technologies that are developed every day has heard of the project called Alphabet Xs. It is, of course, the project headed by X Robotics which has received considerable buzz since its founding in January 2021. In fact, many people feel that the attention it has received is owed largely to the very publicity stunt with which the company has been involved: namely, building a robotic suit that can walk the human through life, and do many things beyond that. For example, it has been said that the Alphabet Xs suit, which was supposed to be worn by a member of the public as part of a promotional stunt, was so successful that it spawned a spin-off series of products, one of which was the Exouit. Now, one would think that the success of the project would translate into success for the field of robotics, but unfortunately, things are not that simple.
First of all, the fact that the product was a standalone robot was not meant to be a commentary on our lack of innovation in the robotics field. Yes, it was supposed to say that it was more difficult to program a computer to act like an animal than it is to program a computer to navigate across a beach. However, it was also meant to say that the customer’s demands for a more technologically advanced product had been met. This meant that the customer no longer had to go to a specialist in robotics in order to fulfill their needs, instead, they could just go to the manufacturer, who would then be able to satisfy their own needs in the process.
This being said, the problems that arose from this move should not have been a surprise. The fact is that while the customers did indeed demand a more technically advanced product, the field of robotics is already a very complex one, as evidenced by how long it takes for scientists to make even a slightly complex robot. As such, one would have expected that the company would have been able to come up with something more or less equal to the current state of the art. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened, and it appears that the current XS Exosuit won’t be able to solve the problems which currently surround the field of prosthetics.
That being said, the company is still looking great despite this shortcoming. Even though it is unlikely that they will be able to completely replace a person’s leg or arm with technology supplied by Alphabet Xs, their other products certainly are capable of doing so. In fact, they are probably capable of creating devices that are more technologically advanced than the current XS Exosuit, such as artificial intelligent computers.
Still, it’s hard to say whether that will be enough to take over prosthetics in the field. Google has invested millions into this project, and they will need plenty of technology behind them if they are ever to fully execute their mission. On the other hand, if you consider what they’ve done in mapping the human brain, which is arguably one of the most important and complicated research efforts in the world, then you may think that their aim isn’t simply to map the brain but to do the same for prosthetics. They’ve already managed to map the blood flow within the body, and they plan to map the muscles as well. If they can successfully map the brain then they have a long way to go, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll achieve success.
This doesn’t mean that the project is a failure, though. As I mentioned above, it’s very early days yet, and there is no clear sign of where the technology will ultimately end up. Perhaps we’ll soon see something which is half the size of an adult human leg but has all of the same functionality. The future remains unknown.