The fashionable soldier of tomorrow will rip off the flak jacket and store the camo for a trip to the mall. If the military magnates at Raytheon have their way, soldiers will be donning futuristic exoskeletons before heading into combat. Sweet! Described as a "wearable robot" on the Raytheon site, the exoskeleton looks extremely clunky...yet strangely super cool. After watching a video of an engineer ripping through a solid set of pull downs of a 200 lbs, we were wondering where we could score a pair of robotic arms for our next workout.Raytheon tied the release of their super suit to the big-screen release of blockbuster flick "Iron Man," but we're not sure of the bigger surprise -- a sober Robert Downey Jr. becoming bankable at the box-office or this titanic triumph of engineering wizardry.
Yup, Iron Man was the first thing I thought of. Are these things really a peak into the future of soldiers?
I thought this was also talked about after halo 3's release. Maybe its an update, or before it was in a beta stage.
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I don't know if it is the same suit or not, but I saw a discovery channel special that had a "robotic" exoskeleton suit about 3 or 4 months ago. This thing was clunky but incredible; the soldier that was wearing it was able to lift box after box each one weighing around 200 pounds. He did this for hours, and never used a muscle of his own. It had some really incredible real world applications.
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=O would cool to see hand to hand combat with that lol
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