3/01/2014 6:23pm, #41
8/16/2014 10:37pm, #42
Not quite sure what to say of these latest videos. I mean, the "UWM unleashed" clips are clearly choreographed, but they're billed as combat...
8/16/2014 10:54pm, #43
Don't know what to make of that, but insofar as they're billing these as "Unleashed", let's see some actual fighting ...
8/17/2014 5:50am, #44
This does not bode well.
I can understand the choreography in order to show the sensors responding to hits to specific areas, but I really don't like the "Unleashed" advertising. Nor do I like the lack of anything resembling power, commitment or follow-through in the strikes.
8/17/2014 10:45pm, #45
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8/20/2014 5:48pm, #46
Alright, which one of you is Michael Munro? From the UWM facebook page, a comment in response to his question about the aliveness of the "Unleashed" series:
Hi Michael Munro, the Unleashed series was for training and testing purposes so comprised a combination of free combat and specific strikes enabling us to see how the Armour and tech performed under a range of full force techniques and movement. The fighters were also getting used to the Lorica, plus they have trained a lot together so they seemed to anticipate sometimes. When we get complete strangers in there, there will be plenty more free action to enjoy, but we need to get the tech right first. Remember, you are still seeing the first prototype in action. We have lots of improvements to make, but they are coming. Cheers
Also from their facebook page, awesome news that someone is investing in this:
SERIES B FUNDING COMPLETE!!!! – We are delighted to announce that we have secured our Series B funding!
The multimillion-dollar capital injection from a high-net-worth investor will enable UWM to further develop our prototype Lorica armour, build multiple production versions for combat, and make key improvements based on our continual R&D. Importantly, we now have funding to launch our first events designed to determine who are the world's best Weapons Martial Artists...
UWM CEO David Pysden commented “We can now move our focus to refining and improving the production version of the armour to make it lighter with improved visibility and articulation. We will also look to incorporate new features including different colours and logos on the armour so fans can more easily differentiate between fighters. Future plans also include the addition of LED lighting to show damage sustained to fighters during bouts.”
“We have a team of highly experienced engineers, technology experts and product designers working on the armour ahead of the anticipated 2015 launch of the first UWM live event,” said Pysden.
The production stage is expected to take 12-18 months with the first event to be held in mid-to-late next year.
Speaking about the investor, Pysden added that their experience and influence would provide enormous benefit to UWM to be able to scale the business and expand overseas.
“The investor has indicated their willingness to play an active role in the development of UWM, providing strategic input and leveraging their extensive global network. We are excited about the partnership moving forward and look forward to working with them to bring UWM to a global audience,” said Pysden.
8/20/2014 6:03pm, #47
I hope it all succeeds and everything, I just think it's a mistake to promote videos of clearly staged demos and pulled techniques as "UWM Unleashed".
8/20/2014 6:07pm, #48Whitsunday Martial Arts Airlie Beach North Queensland.
8/20/2014 6:14pm, #49
8/20/2014 6:28pm, #50
IMHO they're setting the audience up for disappointment if their demos are choreographed, when they "unleash" this tech in actual matches. Kinda like how choreographed martial arts from the movies left some of us wondering where the spin kicks and dim mak were in the early UFC.