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Continued: Wearable machines make for Iron Man in real life

  • Article by: THOMAS BLACK , Bloomberg
  • Last update: March 30, 2013 - 4:41 PM

“Even though there are processors and sensors, there’s still a lot of physical matter that has to be machined and built,” said Discern’s Saffo.

The other limitation is battery life. Batteries can be made only so powerful before turning into a bomb, Saffo said. Boeing knows the risks in working with larger versions of the lithium-ion cells found in mobile phones: It’s still trying to figure out the cause of electrical faults that grounded its 787 Dreamliner.

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