Mechanische Anzüge (auch Roboteranzüge genannt), sind angetriebene Exoskelette. Was nach Science Fiction klingt, ist in der Medizin schon länger im Einsatz. Jonathan Tippett ist Gründer der Firma Furrion Exo-Bionics und hat den Roboteranzug Prosthesis entwickelt. Die Maschine, die eigentlich als Kunstobjekt gebaut wurde, wird vollständig durch menschliche Bewegungen mit den Armen und Beinen gesteuert. Tippett nennt es den Anti-Roboter, weile keine Bewegungen automatisiert sind und alle Abläufe vollständig auf den Bewegungen des Fahrers/Piloten oder was auch immer beruhen.

„The machine itself started as an art project for Burning Man. Mechanical engineer, Jonathan Tippett, wanted to build a machine that celebrated human skill and augmented it using technology but still kept a human at the heart. From the original art project, the idea of a racing league or a sports mech evolved when Jonathan started to try and articulate why it was so important to build this machine that was human controlled and that required skill and celebrated the pilot inside.

2006 was the first sketch Jonathan did of the machine and back then, it was very gorilla shaped. For about five or six years, he did sketches and CAD and engineering trying to figure out the mechanics of how to make a machine of that scale. Then around 2010, Jonathan and a team of engineers started building the predecessor to Prosthesis. They called the machine the Alpha Leg.

The Alpha Leg was a wild bucking bronco of a machine. It proved the basic concept that you could control an exoskeletal mech suit from inside while you were being hurled around by it and you wouldn’t lose control of the thing. Using the Alpha Leg as a jumping off point, Prosthesis was then built over the course of a year. By 2017, it was ready for its worldwide debut at CES.“