Tom Cruise’s New Exoskeleton Looks Familiar, Like A Real-World Product

by on November 13, 2012

in Entertainment

Over the last few weeks, a new promo shot came out of Tom Cruise in an exoskeleton battle suit in his latest movie, Groundhog… I mean All You Need Is Kill.

The premise behind the movie is about

“A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.”

Tom Cruise early promo image from ALL YOU NEED IS KILL

When I saw the image, it brought me right back to a few things I had spoken about back in 2010 in comparing Iron Man to real-life “armors” of sort… XOS, HAL and HULC. No… really!!! These are powered exoskeletons. HAL is made by a company called Cyberdyne. (Seriously!!!) and the other one, HULC, is being field-tested.

Here’s a quickie video of HULC. The first minute or so drives home the point of this carry-assist skeleton:

But they only looked close to what Cruise is toting in the above promo image.

Then it hit me.  Tom Cruise’s gear looks much like The Raytheon XOS2 exoskeleton! The very same one that The Avengers cast member Clark Gregg got to play with some time ago.

Raytheon XOS exoskeleton product

Check out the cute publicity vid with Clark:

The XOS2 still has a few years of development in front of it… and it needs boot jets and repulsors… but I can wait!

The other item, the HULC is looking at potential front line testing pretty soon.

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HAL exoskeleton from Cyberdyne

Here’s a bit about HAL, if interested…

It’s less intense and is more in line for helping the public clientele.

Any way… I thought you’d find these bits interesting

[cyberdyne]

[lockheedmartin: hulc]

[wired.com: combat-exoskeleton-afghanistan]

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