Death Stranding-Style Delivery Exoskeletons Are Being Developed In China
Hideo Kojima's latest is spilling over into real life as footage of an exoskeleton that allows the user to carry up to 110 pounds with ease emerges.
Death Stranding just released in November 2019, but its strange premise is already one step closer to reality. Ele.me, a Chinese food delivery company, has teamed up with ULS Robotics to test out a new wearable exoskeleton that will allow the user to carry much heavier loads than they usually would--much like Death Stranding protagonist Sam Porter Bridges.
News site Sixth Tone has posted footage of the exoskeleton, calling it "straight out of a video game". You can watch the video below.
Straight out of a video game: China’s ubiquitous food-delivery app https://t.co/O6kOT9RrJG caught the Chinese internet’s attention this week after testing a powered exoskeleton for its couriers. The exoskeleton endows the wearer with the strength to carry up to 50 kg with ease. pic.twitter.com/4elmxRhLDU— Sixth Tone (@SixthTone) April 30, 2020
This ekoskeleton allows the user to carry weights of up to 50kg (110 pounds) with relative ease, so it's still some way off of replicating what Sam's capable of in the game.
Of course, with folks now spending more time inside due to the COVID-19 crisis, the world is looking more and more like Kojima's game--hopefully the BTs weren't also an ill portent of some future doom.
If you're a PC gamer and these references are going over your head, never fear--Death Stranding is coming to Steam on July 14.
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