Recently there have been quite a few movies focusing on the enhancement and protection of the body via body armor technology.
The characters in Elysium, Edge of Tomorrow and most memorably, The Dark Knight, have used body armor to protect themselves in battle. And while we do not have successful exo-suits as sophisticated as in the movies, Unified Weapons Masters have created something that makes the possibility of us becoming Batman a little more plausible.
Unified Weapons Masters have designed a full body armor suit that will take a heck of a lot of damage in combat situations. Here is the promo video for the suit, which plays out like an updated version of the start of every ’80s kick boxing movie you can imagine. It certainly drags you in.
The Australian company UWM has created this suit for use in mixed martial arts tournaments, adding a new and interesting spin to an already high powered contact sport. Of course, it could have other uses in combat for the military, or anyone interested in spelunking. The team of researchers at Chiron Global (which includes a former Lord of the Rings armor developer) spent four years putting this suit together, and UWM has a unique and specific vision for the suit:
“UWM’s vision is to create a large-scale sport and entertainment experience where martial artists can compete against each other with real weapons, with an objective measure of who would have won in a real combat situation”
The suit also has the capability to be able to record the blows inflicted on the suit, which would be a handy tool if this does become widely used in tournament fighting.
Fans of popular culture are no doubt thinking it looks an awful lot like Night Thrasher from Marvel’s New Warriors. There are certain parallels to Christopher Nolan’s Batman suit, as well as a little bit of Cyrak from the Mortal Kombat games.
If this does go ahead as another addition to the world of MMA, then it would seem we are one step closer to seeing those epic high tech martial arts tournaments that littered our childhoods in the ’80s (we’re obviously thinking of the low budget Arena!). You can check the suits progress by looking at the UWM Facebook page or their official homepage. The future of MMA looks very interesting, especially if we see these suits employed in combat.