Raytheon’s futuristic suit, known as the Exoskeleton, combines sensors, controllers and other devices that enable the person wearing the suit to easily carry a man on his back or to lift 200 pounds a hundred times in a row without tiring, according to a company news release.
The suit is “essentially a wearable robot that amplifies its wearer’s strength, endurance, and agility,” Raytheon said. The suit is strong but flexible enough to enable the wearer to walk, run, kick and climb normally, as one would do playing soccer or climbing stairs, the company said.
The suit is being compared with the metal armor worn by science fiction hero Iron Man in a popular film that opened in U.S. theaters last week.
The suit is being developed for the U.S. Army by the Raytheon Sarcos research facility in Utah run by scientist Stephen Jacobsen. It has been in development since 2000.
05/07/08 — 12:19 PM
Source: Washington Technology