Move over Tony Stark, Raytheon just released its second generation Exoskeleton, the XOS 2. Exoskeletal robotics used to augment human movement are becoming increasingly widespread as places like Japan, Korea and Israel see untapped potential for mobility impaired individuals.
Raytheon’s new robotic suit, developed for the U.S. Army, is lighter, faster and stronger than the original proof-of-concept thanks to another year of R&D—and inherent composite properties. The new suit enables the wearer to have superhuman strength, speed and endurance. For example, the wearer can easily lift 200 pounds several hundred times without tiring but is flexible enough to allow the user to climb stairs or kick a soccer ball.
Originally the exoskeleton was made of steel and aluminum. However, steel is heavy and the powered suit needed to work harder to overcome its own weight; even aluminum alloys were rejected due to fatigue failure. In the latest version Raytheon adopted titanium and molded carbon fiber plates, making the exoskeleton up to 10 times stronger and more heat resistant.