By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
If you’ve seen the movie Iron Man, you know that Tony Stark’s suit is possibly the most brilliant gadget ever. It only exists in the flick, but genius inventors like Elon Musk have already begun bringing some of the movie technology to life. Now, the US military is getting in on the action!
That’s right, the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is designing superhuman tech they call the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). It won’t have a fancy gold and cherry red exterior like Stark’s, nor will it let the boys in uniform jet around willy-nilly, but what it does come with is some serious healing abilities.
The mechanical exoskeleton (outer body covering) will have several intelligent sensors to monitor skin and body temperature, heart rate, and hydration levels. Additionally, the military want their gadget to be a “liquid armor,” which will be fluid and light until it encounters something hard. At that moment, either a magnetic or electric current will be activated and make the suit tough and bullet proof. The coolest feature, in my opinion, is the exoskeleton’s ability to release healing sprays on wounds!
“RDECOM cuts across every aspect making up this combat armor suit,” said Lieutenant Colonel Karl Borjes, a RDECOM science advisor. “It’s advanced armor. It’s communications, antennas. It’s cognitive performance. It’s sensors, miniature-type circuits. That’s all going to fit in here, too.”
Advances in superhuman military body tech continue to move very quickly in the US, like the Warrior Web program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). A soft, lightweight undersuit has been developed that can prevent injuries by reducing stress on body joints, enhancing muscles, and increasing endurance. Considering these early versions of Iron Man technology have already come so far in just a few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the real deal is jetting around the battlefield in 10 years, blasting tanks from the palm of the hand! Images courtesy of DARPA.