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September 20th, 2014

Real Life Iron Man Suit: Raytheons XOS 2 Exoskeleton

With Iron Man 2 just about to hit DVD shelves the crew at Paramount pointed me in the direction of a real life Iron Man weapon which Raytheon Company has been developing and has not hit its second generation. Below we have video footage of the XOS 2 Iron Man Suit.

Fantasy met reality as actor Clark Gregg, a.k.a. Agent Phil Coulson from the Iron Man films and Marvel Entertainment’s upcoming movies Thor and The Avengers, and engineers from leading defense technology company, Raytheon Sarcos, unveil a real-life exoskeleton suit in conjunction with the debut of IRON MAN 2 on DVD and Blu-ray. Paramount Home Entertainment went behind-the-scenes at the Raytheon Sarcos research facility in Salt Lake City to demonstrate the power of the company’s new exoskeleton suit, XOS 2.

Reminiscent of billionaire genius Tony Stark’s high-tech robotic suit in IRON MAN 2, the XOS 2 is essentially a wearable robot that amplifies its wearer’s strength, endurance and agility. The super-human XOS 2 is built from a combination of sensors, actuators and controllers and enables a user to easily carry a man on his back or lift 200 pounds several hundred times without tiring. XOS 2 is also agile enough to let its wearer kick a soccer ball, punch a speed bag, or climb stairs and ramps with ease.  Designed to assist deployed soldiers, the XOS 2 could be in the field in as little as five years.

Watch the video then lets talk!

From watching the video its quite clear the technology has a long ways to go before it has any real offensive capabilities but from the stand point of non tactical work it could be quite useful as was shown in the video. Loading armaments, moving heavy objects you can basically turn a Grunt into a forklift. Even scarier though is that if they get a proper skin on it even without flight having this creation tearing down the battle field is sure to make you think twice about crapping in your pants.




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