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The exoskeleton is essentially a wearable robot that amplifies its wearer’s strength, endurance and agility. The super-human suit is reminiscent of super heroes depicted in comic books and Hollywood movies. So much so that Popular Science magazine likened Raytheon’s exoskeleton to the “Iron Man”® depicted in the blockbuster movie of the same name.
Utah. A secret mountain lab. Software engineer Rex Jameson backs into a headless metal suit that's hanging from a steel I-beam by a thick rubber cord. He clicks into the aluminum boots, tightens belts across his legs and waist, and slides his arms through backpack-like straps, gripping handles where hands would be. It looks as easy as slipping into an overcoat.
Then he moves, and the machine comes to life, shadowing his every motion. He raises his fists and starts firing sharp jabs while bouncing from one foot to the other. He's not quite Muhammad Ali, but he's wearing 150 pounds and he looks light. He could easily knock a nearby coder to the floor, or fling one over a desk—but even more impressive, he could do it all day. To show off his superhuman endurance, he walks over to a weight rack and yanks down a bar loaded with 200 pounds. Then he does it again. And again. He stops somewhere around 50, but he's been known to rip through 500 reps in a row. Even then, he quits out of boredom, not fatigue.
Originally posted by Wolf321
The only troops I see using these in the next 25 years or more, would be logistics troops for loading and unloading.
The issue is whether there is a genuine demand for the technology, which seems rather unlikely. I honestly can't see this going anywhere, cool as it looks.
Originally posted by pexx421
yeah, from what i understand though, it will be some time before they can manage a power supply advanced and small enough to fit onto the device itsself. So far they have been limited to using a cord that goes to a A/C source. Some big hurdles ahead.