This is the Lorica, a new suit of high-tech armor designed by the Australia based company Unified Weapons Master. The suit is packed with sensors so combatants can beat the shit out of each other with weapons without doing any serious damage. Weird, I thought doing damage was like, the point of fighting tournaments. Don't stop till you can see the bone, that's my motto.
It's made from a blend of lightweight, flexible materials and comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a point-of-view camera, a microphone and 52 pressure sensors that send data to an external computer program.
The idea? To let martial artists compete at full speed with weapons in much the way bare-fisted fighters currently do in mixed-martial arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Oh man, that would be AWESOME. I love doing battle, ESPECIALLY with weapons. You think they'll let me bring a mace into the ring? What about a catapult? Because I just had a vision of me climbing into my catapult, then launching myself at an opponent and tearing his head off as I go flying by. Then I'll spike it like a football while the crowd gasps because the rules clearly stated no tearing heads off. Pfft, rules! Who reads those boring f***ers? I wear a necklace made out of my enemy's eyeballs.
Keep going for a couple more pictures and VIDEOS.
Thanks to Arrogant Tiger and E V I L A R E S, who sound like a great matchup for a weaponized battle extravaganza.