Underwater exploration has come a long way over the years. Thanks to scuba divers, submarines, and various pieces of ultra-expensive underwater equipment, our eyes have seen a glimpse of a world we otherwise would probably have never seen. But underwater exploration, as we know it, is about to get a total upgrade.
The researchers and designers at Nuytco Research, Ltd. in Vancouver have created an underwater Exosuit that is going to further help us understand life under the sea. This suit, dubbed the Exosuit, is nothing short of amazing. And, were Iron Man here today and needed to do extensive work under the waves – this is exactly the type of suit he would probably wear. Have a look for yourself below.
So, What All Can It Do?
As I wrote earlier, this suit is one-of-a-kind. Reaching a height of 6.5 feet and weighing approximately 530 pounds, this bad boy is totally encased in aluminum alloy. It will dive to a depth of 1,000 feet and will be capable of neutralizing the pressure. The suit will hold 50 hours of oxygen, so whoever is inside the suit would theoretically be able to stay underwater for 2 days and some change. The Exosuit is also fully equipped with a lighting system to illuminate the darkness.
You’d be forgiven for looking at the suit and wondering how in the world it would be able to move freely – indeed, it doesn’t appear to be very flexible. As we all know, though, images can be very deceiving. The Exosuit is powered by 4 thrusters that are controlled by the person in the suit, and also boasts 18 joints between the arms and legs which allow for precise movements. So precise, in fact, that the hands can pick up a dime and even operate a syringe.
So, what’s it going to be used to do? As of right now, the Exosuit is going to be used to study bioluminescent sea creatures, creatures that even with all the technology we have today, we still don’t know very much about them. It will see its first real action this July with the Bluewater Expedition.
In case you’re wondering, this suit is not cheap – it costs somewhere in the ballpark of $600,000.
What do you think?
[Image via wmagazine]