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In the latest example of life imitating art, the U.S. military has commissioned an "Iron Man"-like suit that would provide its wearer with added strength and protection, along with abilities like night vision and heat sensors.

The Verge reports that the suit, designed to protect its wearer in war scenarios under and heavy gunfire, would feature a built-in computer that could instantly read and respond to its environment, potentially using liquid armor technology that's currently in development at MIT. The Verge writes:

The goal is full-body ballistic protection, theoretically allowing the wearer to literally walk through a stream of bullets. A panel that rests against the skin would be able to detect and respond to the body's core temperature, skin temperature, heart rate, and hydration levels. The suit would also provide basic life support such as heat, air, and oxygen.

The suit has been commissioned by the United States Army, and is currently being referred to by the working name Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit. Once the technology has been more thoroughly tested, it probably won't be long before they call up Marvel for a more Tony Stark-esque name.

[via The Verge]
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