Seen here about to send some wood blocks to meet their maker, Raytheon's XOS exoskeletal suit has been upgraded (XOS 2, baby!), and now requires 50% less energy to operate than the original. Other improvement? It's lighter and faster. *yawn* Pretty weak improvements. I wouldn't even call it XOS 2, it's more like XOS 1.0001. Wake me up when there's an integrated rocket pack and some laser-y shit going on.
Raytheon has unveiled its second-generation powered exoskeleton, the XOS 2, coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD. The XOS 2 is ligher, faster and uses 50% less power than the XOS 1 proof-of-concept robotic suit. Powered by an internal-combustion engine driving hydraulic actiations, the exoskeleton allows its wearing to lift 200lb repeatedly without tiring, says Raytheon, but is agile enough to climb stairs, kick a ball etc.
Pfft, I can already lift 200lbs without tiring. Don't believe me? Look at my pants. See how they bulge around the knees? I've got four little-people swinging from my balls. Just sayin', came in fourth in a half-marathon.
Hit the jump for a video of the new and ever-so-slightly improved exoskeleton in action.
Thanks to Lord Tarl, Dred, Fox Tyler, Ptitz, cream dreams and Josie, who don't need exoskeletons to gain superhuman strength because they all got their RDA of lead paint chips growing up. So did I!