January 14, 2015

Military exosuits have unrecognized potential at sea, report finds

It’s no secret that U.S. armed forces are working on high-tech robotic suits, known as exosuits, to enhance the average service member’s capabilities and develop the military’s very own Iron Man. But while many are excited about the potential of an army of Tony Starks vanquishing the free world’s enemies, a new report by the Center for a New American Security suggests exosuits have unrecognized potential when it comes to humanitarian assistance and ship-based operations.

The 28-page report,titled “Between Iron Man and Aqua Man: Exosuit Opportunities in Maritime Operations,” suggests that exosuits technology will be available within five years and could greatly benefit U.S. maritime operations. It finds that “damage control is the application with the greatest opportunity for capability enhancement and that use in deck operations and maintenance would provide major cost savings.”

The report’s authors, Navy Lt. Scott Cheney-Peters and Andrew Herr, come with vested interests in the subject. Cheney-Peters is a surface warfare officer in the Navy Reserve. Herr is the chief executive of Mind Plus Matter, a human performance consulting firm, and Helicase, a technology consultancy.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.