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Raytheon Sarcos goes green with its second generation exoskeleton

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, October 01, 2010

Going green doesn’t necessarily mean buying a Prius and living on Fair Trade organic millet mash. Raytheon Sarcos’s second generation exoskeleton suit reduces power consumption by 50% in comparison to XOS 1 and doesn’t sacrifice any of its style or strength. Enjoy this video of the suit in action for your dose of future technology on a Friday.

The XOS 2 is a wearable robotics suit – think Iron Man or the mechanical suits in Avatar, only real. The second generation version is said to be lighter, more durable, more fluid in movement, stronger and more efficient to run. You get strapped in and can effortlessly make use of all of the suit’s strength and durability.

Dr. Fraser Smith, VP of Operations for Raythen Sarcos, sees two variations of the suit being used – a combat version and a logistics version – and estimates its employment by the military within five years for the tethered version and eight to ten years untethered. He talks of using the current suit to lift a 200lb (90kg) barbell, so you can imagine how that will increase over the next 10 years and the incredible practical applications this will have in the workforce.

For now it’s an inspiration, an example of the crazy things we can achieve with technology. It’s another piece of technology pulled from the sci-fi movies I watched as a kid and made real. Personally, I am waiting for the hoverboards from Back to the Future, but this will do for now.

My question is – how do I become a test engineer that gets to run around in futuristic robot suits all day?

 

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