To celebrate the release of the hit film "Iron Man 2" on DVD and Blu-ray, engineers at the Salt Lake City, Utah, facilities of defense contractor Raytheon Sarcos have unveiled images showcasing a real-life exoskeleton very much like the one featured in the movies. The suit is called the XOS 2.
Wearing the suit is actor Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulsen in the "Iron Man" movies.
The suit, called the XOS 2, is a wearable robot that extends the user's endurance, strength, and agility, according to Raytheon Sarcos. The XOS 2 was constructed using a variety of sensors, controllers, and actuators, and lets the wearer comfortably lift at least 200 pounds dozens and dozens of times without getting fatigued. Another use could be to carry a man on the wearer's back. Yet the user would also easily be able to kick a soccer ball, climb stairs or ramps, or hit a speed bag.
The suit was built to assist soldiers, and Raytheon Sarcos estimates that the XOS 2 could be deployed in the field in as soon as five years.
Although it could be at least five years before it is deployed to soldiers in the field, the XOS 2 was designed to assist those in combat. This is an artist's rendition of how the XOS 2 might be used to help soldiers with tasks like loading munitions.