"Iron Man Armour" to Create an Army of US Super-Soldiers

By Gerald Lynch on at

As if the thought of being targeted by a drone strike wasn't enough to strike fear into the hearts of those on the wrong side of US military aggression, the news that the US Army is planning to create a legion of soldiers equipped with real-life "Iron Man armour" surely will. I mean, a single Robert Downey Jr is more than enough for one planet, right?

Looking to employ the MIT boffins alongside private industry and government labs, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (which can be shortened to the gnarly sounding "TALOS") would include an exoskeleon frame allowing soldiers to carry heavier loads, include an onboard Google Glass style wearable computer, and would be made of smart materials that could track a wearer's temperature, heart rate and hydration levels.

And if that isn't crazy enough for you, MIT are already working on liquid armour, created using fluids that turn solid when a magnetic field or electrical charge is applied to them. [BBC]

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