Iron Man Armor is Cool and It’s Not a Fantasy

by on March 13, 2010

in Entertainment

Iron Man 2 scene with Robert Downey Jr

Iron Man was an Iron Man fan’s dream come true as Marvel and Paramount paid painstaking attention to the character and his armor.  The attention to detail did not disappoint this fan.

I want one.  But I can’t afford to design and build my own Iron Man armor, nor am I Justin Hammer!  But believe it or not, there are real-life alternatives of a sorts that already exist out there.

Iron Man 2 - HAL from Cyberdyne

A company called Cyberdyne (Yes, Cyberdyne!) has created an exoskeleton that can assist people do various deeds.  The product is called Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL.  As their site puts it,

“HAL” is expected to be applied in various fields such as rehabilitation support and physical training support in medical field, ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field.

Iron Man 2 - Girl with Exo-Skeleton Power Jacket

Matsushita Electric Industrial, the parent company of Panasonic, has created another assistant type exoskeleton that uses 8 artificial muscles to help recuperating paralysis patients move their arms.   It’s called a power jacket.

But if you were wondering, yes, the military is in the game too with their own armors, like the XOS suit below, or even Lockheed Martin’s HULC exoskeleton.

Iron Man 2 - The Military's XOS suit

This is just the stuff that’s in the public sector.  I’d bet my bottom dollar there’s much more advanced stuff in the sector that isn’t in the public sector.  All I want to know is when will the boot jets option be available!

So yes, the reality of Iron Man is here and I surmise, it will be just a matter of time before it’s fully realized.

[Cyberdyne, CNET, Tech Blog.]

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Peter Cawdron May 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Yeah, it’s not hard to see DARPA adapting this to help soldiers on the battlefield, and not necessarily in terms of combat, assistance suits like these could make loading missiles on planes easier, loading artillery shells quicker, etc

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