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Concept and Tech of the Avatar Program

The technology behind the Avatar program turned out to be more interesting then originally believed.  From all of the trailers I expected the Avatar’s to be like a big mech suit or something, thankfully I was wrong. The Avatar’s are a biological creation made up from a blending of human DNA and Na’vi DNA.  This creates an avatar for the human to operate that would be entirely biological and can function within the same environment as the Na’vi.

They use a machine that not only uplink the human to it’s avatar but makes a much deeper connection.  The tube that the human sits in gives full neural feedback so the Human feels what the Na’vi feels.  This is like experiencing things in a dream state.

On the plus side if your avatar dies you don’t necessarily die.  But as shown through Norm’s experience the death of the avatar does put a great shock to ones system.

I really loved how the Na’vi viewed the avatars.  They called them dream walkers and demons.  Dream walkers is very fitting first because of the obvious reasons of how unlinking and downloading from the avatar is like falling asleep.

One thing that bothered me some was the need to have the avatar genetically matched.  They introduce this concept early on which at first seems ok.  Unfortunately there is no more justification for this particular need.  I was left with the feeling that the matching was only required to justify why Jake was brought into the program.

What do you think about the genetic requirement?

Avatar: 14 Foot Mech Teaser

If you want to get my attention a 14 foot tall Mech suit will do the trick.  This prop piece was on display at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year.


Avatar is a James Cameron 3D science fiction film due out on December 18, 2009.

The Story: On a small moon called Pandora during the 22nd century a paralyzed Marine named Jake Sully volunteers to exist as an Avatar on Pandora due to the hostile atmosphere.  The avatar is a human/Na'vi hybrid.  The Na'vi are ten foot tall, blue humanoids that are peaceful inhabitants of the moon unless attacked.  Jake falling in love with a Na'vi princess and becomes caught up in the conflict between her people and the human military that is consuming their world.

(via MTV Movies Blog)

Cyberdyne Presents: Our New Robotic Overloard


I love the growing robot technology and how it can better everyone's lives.  The idea that one day I  could crawl into a Mech suit to "run around in" excites me and is one of the things I'm looking forward to in the new G.I. Joe movie.  This suit is of no exception it uses sensors attached to the skin of the wearer to operate.

“HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint unitedly with the wearer’s muscle movement, enabling to support the wearer’s daily activities. This is what we call a ‘voluntary control system’ that provides movement interpreting the wearer’s intention from the biosignals in advance of the actual movement. Not only a ‘voluntary control system’ “HAL” has, but also a ‘robotic autonomous control system’ that provides human-like movement based on a robotic system which integrally work together with the ‘autonomous control system’. “HAL” is the world’s first cyborg-type robot controlled by this unique Hybrid System.”

The humor of the company working on this is at no loss to me either:

  • Naming themselves Cyberdyne after the Terminator films
  • Naming the suit Hybrid Assistive Limb or Hal

I'm not sure if I like their use of all the darker films where the robots turned on the humans and killed them but being an optimist I go to my happy place and think that the ominous warnings given in the films is what was on their minds... besides the suit needs us so if it gained sentience and went crazy it would merely assimilate humans instead of killing us off.

(via /Film)