The Iron Man exists, and he’s Japanese:
Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House, has begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.
The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit works by detecting faint bioelectrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body. The pads move the HAL suit accordingly.
Check out the suit in action:
But here’s the best part:
…according to Nikkei News, Daiwa and Cyberdyne are planning an annual production of 400 units and they should be marketed at approximately $4,200 US dollars.
Exoskeletons for all! Yes, almost five grand is pretty pricey for consumer applications, but not for commercial ones. Also, I could totally see a mobility-impaired person spending 5K on something like this instead of, say, one of those suped-up motorized wheelchairs if their disability still allowed them to operate this suit. It’s great news and I can’t wait to see one of these babies in the wild (hey, it could happen. I saw an Aptera rolling down Fifth Avenue last week).