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Raytheon Sarcos's Exoskeleton Nears Production

The real-life Iron Man suit is lighter, stronger, and more efficient

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Raytheon Sarcos's Exoskeleton Nears Production

photo of iron man suit, doing push-ups

Photos: Raytheon
Goaaaaaal! The Iron Man suit allows its wearer enough agility to kick a soccer ball—and do push-ups.

Raytheon Sarcos's second-generation exoskeleton robotics suit, XOS 2, which was named one of Time magazine's 50 Best Inventions last year, is now a mere five years away from production, its inventors say.

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Special Report: Top Tech 2021

After months of blood, toil, tears, and sweat, we can all expect a much better year

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Photo-illustration: Edmon de Haro

Last January in this space we wrote that “technology doesn't really have bad years." But 2020 was like no other year in recent memory: Just about everything suffered, including technology. One shining exception was biotech, with the remarkably rapid development of vaccines capable of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year's roundup of anticipated tech advances includes an examination of the challenges in manufacturing these vaccines. And it describes how certain technologies used widely during the pandemic will likely have far-reaching effects on society, even after the threat subsides. You'll also find accounts of technical developments unrelated to the pandemic that the editors of IEEE Spectrum expect to generate news this year.

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