Army Envisions 'Iron Man' Suit for Special Ops
OK, it won't look like the comic-book version, but it has similarities
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If you've ever dreamed of being a superhero, there may soon be reason to join the Army. It's developing a "revolutionary" armor that "promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection," LiveScience reports. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit would include a bulletproof exoskeleton frame; sensors to monitor heart rate and hydration, detect injuries, and even apply foam to seal wounds; and a computer that includes 360-degree night-vision cameras. The Army is calling on multiple industries, government labs, and research organizations to make it happen, reports the BBC.

If it sounds to you like the stuff of movies, or perhaps comic books, you're not alone. "It sounds exactly like Iron Man," a professor at MIT told NPR for an earlier story, noting the use of hydraulics on the arms and legs to increase strength and speed. Like most superheroes, however, TALOS has a weakness. "For the Army's TALOS, the weak spot is either the need to carry around a heavy pump for a hydraulic system, or lots of heavy batteries," says the prof. "We don't have Iron Man's power source yet." The Army hopes a prototype will be ready by next year, though an advanced model could be a few years off.

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Oct 12, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
It would be foolish to use batteries due to low energy density. You'd probably want to use fuel cells.
Oct 12, 2013 2:25 AM CDT
Please, government, contact me. I have at least 1000 exciting ways you can squeeze me for the last pennies I have left; I permit you to laugh in my face and kick me as well; the money will be spent in especially perverse, dubious ways. An offer you should not be able to resist. You will know it is me as I am wearing sign around my neck that says "pathetic, ignorant, uneducated, gullible, fearful, frightened, theistic, black/Mexican/female/Muslim/Jew hating, naïve, masochistic fool" (let's see how many dipquads take me literally)
Oct 11, 2013 7:26 PM CDT
The science fiction of today is the reality of tomorrow. Some the the fictions movies I see give us a scarey future.