The new Iron Man movie has got everyone and their uncle talking about real-life robotic armor. But Japan’s Cyberdyne (OK, I’m a little worried) comes the closest and is on the verge of mass-producing a strength-enhancing exoskeleton suit called Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL (OK, now I’m a lot worried). The suit even has lighted circles just like Iron Man’s repulsors. I say, forget Iron Man, you now have a suit to match your Imperial Storm Trooper helmet.
The company was started in 2004 and so, like good modern sci-fi geeks, they pay homage to all the robotic fancies of geekdom. Cyberdyne expects to produce up to 500 suits per year starting in October.