Oi! Project Grizzly is NOT a work of fiction!
The Ursa Bear Suit has been built (several versions, actually) and some of the test footage is a riot! I've seen this guy get hit by cars, swinging
logs, baseball bats, and of cource, bear paws. I've also seen him fling himself off cliffs and take explosions point blank.
The armour is real.
In pursuit of his off-kilter dream — creating a suit of armor that can withstand the attack of a grizzly bear — Troy Hurtubise has endured much:
Slugs in the chest from a 12-gauge shotgun at a range of 20 feet. Falling, on purpose, off the edge of the 150-foot-high Niagara Escarpment. Assaults
from burly friends and relatives all too willing to cuff him repeatedly with road picks, knives, bows and arrows, two-by-fours. Eighteen times he has
stood in the path of a three-ton pickup doing 30 miles per hour, and 18 times the truck has knocked him from here to next week. On several occasions,
he has stood at attention while a 350-pound log, winched 30 feet up in a tree, swung down broadside to topple him like a human bowling pin.
However, it is unpowered. Basicly, it's a hightech version of old fashioned suits of armour. It's bulk makes it impractical. The inventor can
*bear*ly move in it (yes, very bad pun).
What it means to the creation of "power suits" is that the enginring is there. It IS possible to make armour that can sustain a human being through
some very nasty events. What's missing is a way to articulate the suit.
The most likely canidate technology for powering a suit like this is ElectroActive Polymers. These are substances that change shape or size when a
(reasonably small) electic current is applied to them.
There are two main features of this technology that makes it idea for battle suit production.
1) It power required to make actuators made from EAP move is very low. This cuts way down on the size requirments for your powerplant and thus
increases mobility and overall feasability.
2) They can be shaped very much like organic muscels. There's a reason that nature designed our natural actuators they way they are. It's a very
efficiant and flexible system having muscels that can bend and flex, be twisted and turned, and even partially broken, without significant impact on
I'm quite sure that one day we will see some form of power suit out there. The aplications go beyond military. Space suits, fire fighting gear,
search and rescue, and even use for parapaligics are all valid applications.
BTW, the next major hurtal is how to control something like this... there's some tech that is likely suited, but I'm all typed out for now.