Defense contractor unveils real-life 'Iron Man' suit

Part of a promotion for "Iron Man 2" on DVD and Blu-ray, Raytheon Sarcos shows off the XOS 2, a real-life exoskeleton that could give combat soldiers superhuman strength in as little as five years.

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Defense contractor Raytheon Sarcos has unveiled a real-life 'Iron Man' exoskeleton, the XOS 2, which could give military combatants superhuman strength when deployed. The XOS 2 could see field deployment within five years. Raytheon

Why go admire the exoskeleton worn by Tony Stark--played by Robert Downey, Jr.--in the "Iron Man" movies when you could wear a real-life version reminiscent of the films' special suit yourself?

That's the proposition being put forward by defense contractor Raytheon Sarcos, which today unveiled imagery of its XOS 2 wearable exoskeleton, a suit it says could allow the wearer to lift 200 pounds hundreds of times without getting fatigued, or to maintain superhuman levels of strength, agility, and endurance.

The XOS 2 is made with a wide variety of controllers, sensors, and actuators.

The suit, which was designed for military use, could see field deployment in as little as five years, Raytheon said. Imagery of the XOS 2 was released today as part of a promotion for tomorrow's release of DVD and Blu-Ray versions of "Iron Man 2."

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