The United States military is bringing ‘Iron Man’ technology to real life as they’re commissioning a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit. This suit would offer the wearer “superhuman” capabilities such as enhanced strength, gunfire protection, and night vision.
Military assault suit details
These suits would also have on-board computer device that would instantly respond to situations as well as give the user enhanced situational awareness. This suit could also use liquid armor, which is something that’s still being developed by MIT. This would transform a liquid to solid within milliseconds when a magnetic field applies. The actual goal of this is to offer full-body ballistic protection. As The Verge details, “theoretically allowing the wearer to literally walk through a stream of bullets. A panel that rests against the skin would be able to detect and respond to the body’s core temperature, skin temperature, heart rate, and hydration levels. The suit would also provide basic life support such as heat, air, and oxygen.”
Elon Musk on virtual reality
Interesting enough, Elon Musk made a lab that was inspired by the Iron Man film. He used a projector, a Leap Motion controller, and Oculus Rift. Musk explained that this project was really just a fun complex model, however he thinks the setup could lead to bigger things. He also demonstrated how he can rotate or move the model with Leap Motion. He thinks the virtual reality workspace lets users to apply their intuition and “take something from your mind to a physical object with far greater ease than we currently do.”
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit suit could come to fruition within the next three years, that is, if the designers and engineers can come through on the project. A suit like this would make science fiction come to life and it would be something useful in the battlefield. The military’s TALOS could also inspire future technology advances, especially if this project is successful.