(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
First, the American military decided to copy Batman tech, now they’ve decided to go after another hero, from Marvel’s neck of the woods. The military has created its own “Iron Man” power suit, It just has one flaw. It’s not ready yet and they have actor Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson) using the closest thing that can resemble Mr. Stark’s one man army.
The XOS 2 (where’s 1?), allows its user to lift upwards of 200 pounds, several hundred times without growing tired. This is due in part to it’s use of high-pressure hydraulics around the exoskeleton. The XOS 2 also allows the occupant to punch through three, yes three, inches of wood with the greatest of ease.
All this mighty “power” must have Thor shaking in his little boots. This isn’t the biggest improvement on the XOS 2 though, it can fit under your bed. Just kidding, it’s biggest improvement has been it’s upgrade to reducing it’s power consumption by 50% (they’re reaching for 80% reduction).
What does this mean for the future of military warfare? Will all soldier’s be able to fly into combat, with the power of a small nation around their body? Not just yet, it’s still gonna be five years before this appears in military theaters and that’s just the tethered version. The non-tethered exoskeleton would be three to five years after that. Take a look at this Iron Man in action for yourself. As long as these suit are not powered by scotch, they’ll do just fine.
Via: Gamma Squad
Category: Nerd Culture