Friday, July 8, 2011

Meet the Army’s HULC (pronounced hulk)

Lockheed Martin’s latest piece of Army equipment is called the HULC (pronounced like the comic book character The Hulk) and that’s because the pack management system works as a superhuman “exoskeleton.”

The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) is meant to lighten a soldiers individual load while out in the field while also allowing him to carry things never thought possible. The description from Lockheed Martin is incredible:

The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 lbs for extended periods of time and over all terrains. Its flexible design allows for deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting. There is no joystick or other control mechanism. The exoskeleton senses what users want to do and where they want to go.

Up to 200 lbs over all terrains? Senses what users want to do? That‘s what they’re saying. And it’s all battery powered.

Live Long and Prosper....

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