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Lockheed Martin’s new, ruggedized combat version of the Human Universal Load Carrier exoskeleton could be headed to Afghanistan for combat trials within a few months. Lighter and energy-efficient, HULC has enough power to last eight hours on marches or days just standing. The machine extremities, powered by a lithium-ion battery, redistribute and transfer up to 200 pounds of weight down and off the wearer’s body, allowing him to carry more, longer.
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A winner in the US Army's Greatest Inventions of 2011 competition, this system is designed to protect troops in harm’s way by emitting a wide band of green light that temporarily disrupts an enemy’s vision so that driving a vehicle or aiming a weapon becomes difficult if not impossible.
Image: U.S. Army RDECOM