By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Troy Hurtubise, eccentric inventor, has developed the ‘Trojan’ suit. Aside from the unfortunate name, the suit is actually a lightweight, state-of-the-art, exoskeleton body armor which could be utilized by military personnel deployed in dangerous environments.
Described by Hurtubise himself as the “first ballistic, full exoskeleton body suit of armor”, the exoskeleton can sustain multiple direct hits from a wide variety of assault and high-impact weapons (even an elephant gun!), while allowing ease of movement for the soldier donning the suit.
Hurtubise is the same inventor who developed ‘Project Grizzly‘, a suit of armor that was developed to allow close and personal studies of, you guessed it, grizzly bears.
One can’t help but evoke images of Iron Man when Tony Stark was developing his battle suit in the ‘Tales of Suspense’.
Hurtubise has also developed other potentially revolutionary inventions; a paste that can resist temperatures far beyond what the space shuttle endures during re-entry, and yet another paste that can be applied to body armor for vehicles that can sustain direct hits from RPG and high-powered sniper fire. Why the military isn’t using this technology…I guess we’ll never know.
The guy seems very eccentric, but isn’t that where the really cool ideas come from? Someone who isn’t bound by the status-quo?
The unfortunate thing is that he put himself in debt developing his creations, and as a result, had to resort to selling the suit on EBay (his reserve was not met). Here’s hoping that he can convince someone in the government to take his ideas and run with them.
Related link: http://www.americanantigravity.com/hurtubise.shtml