Raytheon Sarcos XOS 2 exoskeleton
by Mark R
I thought I would celebrate the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD and Blu-ray today by reporting on a real-life iron man exoskeleton.
This is the XOS 2 from Raytheon Sarcos, and it is a lot more bulky than the armor from Mr. Tony Stark. It actually reminds me of the power loader suit that Ripley wore in Aliens.
The suit is able to boost the user’s strength. You can see here that the wearer is punching through several layers of wood like a karate master. It is also designed to make a 170 pound weight feel like ten pounds.
Sadly, the power source stems from a very thick cable from the back. So it is going to be a while before there will be one of these on every soldier. I’m guessing that would be a very expensive endeavor, too.
Still, if you were to put them on every soldier, you would definitely increase their endurance as well as strength. Imagine doing a ten mile hike that only feels like one mile.
Yes, the future is looking pretty bright for the future of exoskeletons. I guess all those science-fiction books and shows with armor like this served as inspiration for times such as this.