Nat Geo builds real-life Iron Man suit -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO


Image Credit: National Geographic Channel

Move over Mythbusters: Promoting their upcoming National Geographic show Rocket City Rednecks, a crew of so-called backwoods mad scientists just mentioned at TV critics press tour that they built themselves a working Iron Man suit. We asked Nat Geo for a pic of this and, well, whaddya know — it’s sort of looks like the Iron Man equivalent of the outfits wore by those homemade Batman imposters in The Dark Knight. Designer Travis Taylor says they tested the 200-pound suit and it’s effectively bullet proof (though the network nixed allowing that test to be conducted while somebody was inside the suit), and it’s machine-assisted strength allows a man to curl a keg of beer (though not, presumably, fly … or run … or walk briskly). Cost: $3,000. Here’s the pic: He … is … Iron Man?:

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  • thejulianelson

    But can he fly?

  • film4future

    Looking forward to seeing this series!!

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  • Javadude54

    Good job of putting together something that is good for absolutely nothing.

  • ltchy

    ln my mind’s eye l just see something going horribly wrong and then his arm gets ripped off. Was that in a movie, somewhere?

  • ltchy

    Also, he LOOKS like the keg of beer…

    • harry

      you have to start some where

  • rick

    the biggest problem with creating a real life iron man suit is the power source- in order to power rocket boosters, digital heads up display, and all of those other nifty gadgets, he would need a ton of power and fuel, hence the mythical arc-reactor technology in the movies.

    • Peter Vee

      Yep, you hit the nail on the head. That’s pretty much the big barrier to most of the uber-tech we see in sci-fi. Energetics is a harsh mistress.

  • wgalvira

    Ha! I need to make one for myself.

  • Lina

    He looks like Bender.

  • Vvalkyrie

    @javadude54 – it isn’t good for nothing. The things learned in construction can go into exosuits for soldiers, astronauts, etc.

  • Peter Vee

    And I bet it works great,as long as it’s plugged in.

  • king Bee

    he looks like he fell into a skip and didn’t bother to untangle himself from the random junk he landed among.

  • Nancy Thomas

    It’s been a blast watching you all at work. Now with the show debuting I will finally know what each experiment is. BTW, My dogs now recognize the countdown and make a beeline to the door before the big boom!

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