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This Giant Human-Powered Exoskeleton Suit Is Made for a ‘High Octane, Low-Carbon Sport of the Future’

Meet the Prosthesis, a four-ton, sci-fi-looking, human-powered exoskeleton suit, or “mech suit” that looks like it should be featured on Hollywood’s big screen. This Furrion Exo-Bionics Prosthesis is meant to “create a new human experience” where this exo-bionic platform strengthens the motions of a human pilot. Whether you’re tackling terrain, picking up automobiles, partaking in physical challenges, or obstacle courses, Prosthesis is a sports machine and requires a trained athlete to operate it.

This large scale exo-bionic beast was developed by Jonathan Tippett, a Canadian artist, and inventor who’s been dubbed “a backwoods Tony Stark,” and his team – along with a partnership with Furrion, a global technology leader, as well as The University of British Columbia, and numerous industry supporters. What started as an art installation at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert over 15 years ago, turned into a mighty evolution.

Today, Prosthesis is considered “the world’s first, purpose-built, off-road racing mech.” Built using a large-scale exo-bionic technology platform, the tech that lies within Prosthesis is a combo of conventional industrial mechanisms and parts engineered by Tippett’s clever team. Its frame is made from a high-performance steel alloy, which is typically found in race cars and aerospace vehicles. To cushion the human pilot, there are racing-grade shocks, the same that can be found in an off-road truck. This massive exo-suit is 100% electrically powered. It boasts an 800-pound protected (96V x 36kWh) lithium-ion battery that runs the “mech” for about an hour on a single charge.

A new pilot is required to complete a three-to-four-day training to simply grasp the basics of the Prosthesis, and a much longer duration to master the controls. Ultimately, Tippett’s vision is to reportedly “build a fleet of 3,000-kilogram exo-suits and launch a new high-octane, low carbon sports league called X-1 Mech Racing. This global racing league “would pit multiple world-class athletes in head-to-head competitions, through complex, technical obstacle courses, wearing giant, powered mech suits.” 

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