The Pentagon can’t seem to drop aspirations for a time when troops can don Iron Man-like exosuits, but while the technology is around a decade away, a more realistic exosuit might soon be arriving in a war theater near you.
“We’re building Iron Man…. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified,” President Barack Obama said back in late February 2014 on the development of advanced exosuits.
According to a report from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), exosuit technology is distinct from robotics, in that the goal is not to replace an individual, but to augment with a wearable suit which molds to the human form and results in enhanced capabilities, like running, lifting heavy objects, and using advanced sensors to scan the environment.