Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A real-life 'Iron Man' suit

Wearing the suit is actor Clark Gregg, 
who playsAgent Phil Coulsen in the 
"Iron Man" movies.

To celebrate the release of the hit film "Iron Man 2" on DVD and Blu-ray, engineers at the Salt Lake City, Utah, facilities of defense contractor Raytheon Sarcos have unveiled images showcasing a real-life exoskeleton very much like the one featured in the movies. The suit is called the XOS 2.

Why go admire the exoskeleton worn by Tony Stark--played by Robert Downey, Jr.--in the "Iron Man" movies when you could wear a real-life version reminiscent of the films' special suit yourself?
That's the proposition being put forward by defense contractor Raytheon Sarcos, which today unveiled imagery of its XOS 2 wearable exoskeleton, a suit it says could allow the wearer to lift 200 pounds hundreds of times without getting fatigued, or to maintain superhuman levels of strength, agility, and endurance.
The XOS 2 is made with a wide variety of controllers, sensors, and actuators.
The suit, which was designed for military use, could see field deployment in as little as five years, Raytheon said. Imagery of the XOS 2 was released today as part of a promotion for tomorrow's release of DVD and Blu-Ray versions of "Iron Man 2."

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20017778-52.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20#ixzz10pej0GfR

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