the military’s combat exoskeleton

Originally Published on: Feb 13, 2014

The US military is currently preparing to test an Iron Man prototype.

Get out of here. It’s no joke. Preliminary testing for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit could begin as early as the summer.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit? Also known as the TALOS.

What will it be like? Remarkably like the Iron Man suit, with a “powered exoskeleton” and “situational awareness displays”. It will eventually make use of “liquid armour” that could turn solid in milliseconds to protect the wearer from bullets.

The US military is testing an Iron Man prototype, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit – perfect if you’re about to be sprayed with bullets in the street

Sounds pretty top secret. How do we know all this? The head of US Special Operations Command, navy admiral William McRaven, said so at a trade conference. Apparently, three unpowered prototypes are being assembled as part of a project involving 56 private companies, 16 government agencies and 13 universities.

– from the guardian, uk

A real-life Iron Man – coming to a neighbourhood near you?

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