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​Chinese Exoskeleton Brings 'Death Stranding' Style Tech To Life

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​Chinese Exoskeleton Brings 'Death Stranding' Style Tech To Life

There are some things you can't look at without thinking of video games - golden rings; plumber's pipes; cardboard boxes (we can still see you in there, Snake) - but there's no way the minds behind this invention haven't spent some quality time with Norman Reedus just recently... here, take a look.

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"Straight out of a video game: China's ubiquitous food-delivery app Ele.me caught the Chinese internet's attention this week after testing a powered exoskeleton for its couriers," tweeted Sixth Tone, showing the world's most expensive Death Stranding cosplay attempt in action. "The exoskeleton endows the wearer with the strength to carry up to 50 kg with ease."

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As reported by Kotaku, the suits are made by ULS Robotics, a firm that specialises in exoskeletons designed to help workers manage heavy loads. This particular example is a delivery worker dropping off food, not dissimilar to Deliveroo or Uber Eats. Amazingly, it even has the capacity to walk up and down stairs, too.

What the video doesn't show, however, is how the hell they get the boxes off the delivery workers once they've arrived at their destinations... and that's the bit I really want answers for, quite honestly.

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On the subject of Death Stranding, were you one of the lucky few to have secured one of the limited edition £1500 jackets inspired by the game? Made by Acronym - a clothing brand favourite of Death Stranding's art director Yoji Shinkawa - the new jacket (which, perhaps most shockingly of all, doesn't even come with a baby in a jar) is the latest collaboration between the two companies and the creation of the now-sold-out jacket.

"Turns out Hideo Kojima's art director, the legendary Yoji Shinkawa, is a longtime Acronym fan and customer," Acronym co-founder Errolson Hugh said at the time. "Back in 2017 one of Yoji's team reached out to us via email and this led to me visiting the new Kojima Productions studio the next time I went to Tokyo. This was a big deal for me as I have been a huge fan of their work ever since the original Metal Gear games on PS1 and PS2. To find out they were fans of our work as well was kind of surreal to be honest."

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Featured Image Credit: Sixth Tone / Kojima Productions

Topics: Death Stranding, Kojima Productions

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