Human-Controlled 8,000-Pound Exoskeleton Put to Off-Road Desert Testing

This mech pulls a truck from the dirt like a piece of cake.
Derya Ozdemir

Mech suits, high-tech sophisticated exoskeletons, can easily lift a truck and climb boulders, but in this case, they were created for racing. Furrion Exo-Bionics, the company behind this particular one, combines world-class engineering with a tough terrain to achieve the ultimate mech development: Its technology differs from traditional approaches in the way it combines off-road components with industrial motion control to create a completely new type of human-piloted machine. "These are sports machines, operated by athletes and built to race off-road," the website reads.

In this video by the YouTube channel Furrion Exo-Bionic, you can see the mech put through some serious off-road field testing. In the description box, they explain that they decided to take the mech deep into the Mojave Desert after attending a tech conference. Not only the mech but also the pilot and crew were put to the test in the scorching desert heat. If you're interested in seeing the results, check out the video embedded above and prepare to get a taste of mech.

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