5. Special Forces Super Suit
Marvel’s Tony Stark has been inspiring military minds to create a robotic exoskeleton. Called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), it can augment strength, provide armor protection, and even respond to stimulus from the brain. It will not be mass issued, but it is thought it would be used by a lead operator who would breach a tactical situation first, opening it up for the rest of the squad to enter.
4. PHASR Rifle
Talk about crazy military technology this thing looks like it comes straight out of ‘Star Trek’. Listed under the category of laser dazzler, which sounds more like it belongs in a gay bar than the military, this weapon does pack a punch. The rifle fires a low-intensity laser beam which is designed to temporarily blind and disorient a target.
3. Smart Glasses
For the past six years Osterhout Design Group (ODG) has been developing high-tech military eyewear. Similar to Google Glasses, these glasses can display high-definition video, record what they see and lay visuals over the real world. Using advanced facial recognition software the smart glasses can even scan a crowd of people to detect targets of interest.
ODG have been working on a consumer friendly version of the military smart glasses that run off a modified version of Android – boasting wifi, Bluetooth, a GPS system and a robust virtual reality projector.
Known as the Legged Squad Support System or LS3, this strange four legged robot has been designed to bear the load of soldiers in the field. The LS3 is approximately the shape and size of a horse and can carry around 180 kg (400 pounds). It can sense and negotiate varying terrains via cameras mounted onto its ‘head’, which also allows it to follow human orders and record intelligence. It’s not known when this technology will be used, if ever, in the field.
1. The Pokémon Gun
Several years ago the United States Military developed a top secret weapon that could induce seizures.
The weapon was inspired by the 1997 episode of Pokémon that caused 700 viewers to experience epileptic-like seizures after Pikachu skitzed out and fired a blue and red flashing lightning bolt at an enemy.
According to a declassified document, the military planned to create a new class of non-lethal weaponry that would fire electromagnetic pulses that would trigger nerve synapses directly, disrupting muscle control causing 3-5 minute seizures on its victims.
However, the report states that the weapon never made it past the theoretical phase.