Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Future Soldiers May Be Wearing 'Iron Man' Suits


Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) -- A lunchtime crowd is gathering beside the parking lot at Raytheon Sarcos, the defense contractor, on a recent day in Salt Lake City. White-collar workers from nearby office parks stand with their yogurt cups and sandwiches, watching with quiet awe as a man in a metal suit -- sort of half-man, half-robot -- performs superhuman feats of strength.
This may be the closest these people will get to a real-life "Iron Man," the character from the comic books and hit movies.
Inside a prosthetic shell of metal and hydraulics, Raytheon test engineer Rex Jameson is putting an XOS-2 exoskeleton through its paces.
As the crowd watches, Jameson uses his robot hydraulic arm to shadowbox, break three inches of pine boards and toss around 72-pound ammunition cases like a bored contestant on the "World's Strongest Man."

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20 comments:

  1. Recruitment stunt. 0.000001% of the army will ever get anywhere near anything like this.

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  2. I've seen these before, they look very useful

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  3. Not very impressive, in my opinion. Where are my giant mechs, man?

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  4. I've read about this stuff. Soldiers getting geared up with basically armor that lets them do almost anything. Technology is crazy.

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  6. That's awesome. Like the marines in SC2

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  8. So where do I get one of those suits? It sure would be great to use when I have to move furniture around!

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  9. ha, we wish. think they'll pay for that suit for soldiers? maybe a handful of 'em...hell the military barely pays for the scopes on the rifles they use now...

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  10. Hah yeah, this stuff is sweet. If only we can get it to the point of containing its own nuclear reactor to power itself...

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  11. Can't wait to see men in real armor =D

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  12. have you ever seen "project grizzly"? it's a movie where a dude made a suit that could withstand a bear attack, pretty similar concept to this

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  13. i would love to have a suit like that :D

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  14. I've actually had a ton of ideas for an Iron Man type suit, but I lack the funding. I guarantee, if I had millions of dollars, I could be the next Iron Man.

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  15. That would be frigging crazy if they actually put those into battle.

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