The Wall Street Journal reports that Legacy Effects, a company that builds Hollywood animatronics and prosthetics, has been hired by the US military to develop a real-life Iron Man Suit. The suit would include a lightweight exoskeleton that is supposed to carry a great deal of weight and provide body armor protection.
According to WSJ, "The suit could change the way the U.S. military fights wars. For years, American forces have worked to shed pounds from the load they carried through the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 125 pounds on some missions, including weapons, electronics and body armor. Developers of the Iron Man suit say it could weigh as much as 400 pounds, requiring a powered exoskeleton to move the armored troops with speed and agility.....The military has embraced the superhero imagery in its pursuit of the Iron Man suit. The first video to promote the program showed bullets bouncing off an animated Iron Man soldier as he burst through a locked door."