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U.S. military plans to beef up soldiers with Iron Man-like suit

Sharon Gaudin | May 23, 2014
'TALOS' suit prototype will strengthen soldiers, monitor the battlefield and even give first aid

If the soldier is injured, the suit would be able to administer oxygen or control hemorrhaging by using smart fabrics.

"We're looking at different sensor technologies, moving past night vision,' said Fieldson, including "communications and computer access and a central computer that can disseminate sensor data and monitor different aspects of the soldier's vital signs and surrounding environment."

The U.S. military has been increasingly interested in how robotics can support soldiers on the battlefield.

Soldiers patrolling dangerous areas will soon be accompanied by autonomous robots programmed to scan the area with thermal imaging, send live images back to the command center, carry soldiers' heavy gear and transport wounded soldiers for medical care.

It may sound like science fiction, but it's only several years down the road, according to robotic researchers and U.S. military officials.

Last fall, Army leaders evaluated autonomous robots that move through water, sand and up rocky hills and that could one day aid U.S. troops. Robots shown during a weeklong demonstration at Fort Benning in Georgia were designed to carry 1,000 pounds of gear, follow foot soldiers on long treks and scan for land mines.

Other robots - ones armed with machine guns, grenades or missiles — are being designed to back up human soldiers' in a firefight. The robots are quickly becoming part of the team.

 

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