You’re not going to be able to pick one up off the rack at Macy’s and head out to fight the Mandarin in it, but Iron Man-style wearable robot suits are coming.
Korean car company Hyundai this week showed off photos of a dark blue robotic exoskeleton. No date was given for the suit’s release, and in fact, Hyundai didn’t provide much information at all. The suit is only a prototype, but the photos and projected uses are pretty cool.
The company said the suit could help factory workers carry heavy items, help soldiers move quickly in their full gear, and may assist people with disabilities to become more mobile. One photo shows a man wearing a partial suit that helps him move his legs up a flight of stairs.
The suit has none of Tony Stark’s sass and style, but if face-huggers ever attack, this may be the suit to get. One image shows a man wearing a suit similar to the one Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley wore in “Aliens” when she set out to save little Newt from the queen alien. We mostly build cars at night. Mostly.
You won’t be seeing Iron Man suits on the cover of Vogue, but they’re as in style as it’s possible for them to be right now. Even the Power Rangers will be wearing Iron Man-style duds in their 2017 movie.