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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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A motor pulls a chord along the front of each leg (or
releases it). When pulled it assists the leg pushing down.
This is good for sitting down -- by releasing slowly
for remaining seated -- by holding on at one position
or for going up steps or riding a bicycle -- empowered
by an electric
motor, and a battery in a backpack (easily
carried because your front leg muscles are being
The chord is connected to "suspenders" type of strap and
to boot straps or to the shoe itself.
Same for your arms, and shoulders. The chords help you
pick up things or release them. A chord across your
elbow would help you push or punch.
||You'd need a power tie to really make a statement,
||Baked: look up powered exoskeletons.
||Where's the battery pack?
||Exoskeletons are a staple of Science Fiction, and
are starting to become baked in the real world. At
the moment they either involve a huge battery
pack (larger than a person could carry
unsupported) or a tethered power supply.
||Also, there's a small problem with using an cord
but no frame, which is that your power is severely
limited by the limits of the underlying
muscular/skeletal systems. This isn't unsolvable,
but since humans can already exert enough force
to damage said systems (strained muscles, even
broken bones, typically under stress), the actual
utility of this is going to be very limited.