Fact or Fiction: Exoskeletons
By: Patrick J. Kiger
Image: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
About This Quiz
So you're a would-be Tony Stark. But how much do you actually know about powered exoskeletons, aka "Iron Man" suits? Test your knowledge with our Fact or Fiction quiz.
A powered exoskeleton is inserted into the human body.
A human body would fit inside a powered exoskeleton.
The title character of the 1987 movie "Robocop" was a police officer who donned a powered exoskeleton each morning before going out to fight crime.
The title character of "Robocop," played by actor Peter Weller, was not a man inside a powered suit, but the head (including the brain) of a murdered police officer grafted onto a fully robotic body.
The Pentagon has spent millions trying to develop powered exoskeletons.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been funding a major exoskeleton research project since 2000.
The 1858 dime novel "Steam Man of the Prairies" was the first depiction of a device with an artificial exoframe and mechanical muscles.
"Steam Man of the Prairies" depicted a device similar to a powered exoskeleton.
The first working powered exoskeleton was developed in the 1920s.
The first working powered exoskeleton was developed in the 1960s.
The comics character Iron Man debuted in 1972.
Iron Man made his first appearance in 1963.
The Pentagon's initial name for the powered exoskeleton was the "servo soldier."
Powered exoskeletons were called "servo soldiers" by the Pentagon in the 1960s.
The Springtail exoskeleton can swim underwater.
The Springtail exoskeleton can fly, but not swim.
General Electric's early exoskeleton design was called the Terminator.
GE's 1960s exoskeleton was called the pediculator.
In the 1980s, government researchers developed an exoskeleton design called the Pitman suit.
The Pitman suit was developed in the 1980s at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Cornell University's mid-1960s exoskeleton design was called the Batman suit.
Cornell's exoskeleton design was called the superman suit.
The latest generation of exoskeleton designs are quieter than an office printer.
Yes, the latest generation of exoskeleton designs are quieter than an office printer.
The Japanese HAL exoskeleton uses muscle movements to move the mechanical limbs.
HAL is designed to pick up impulses from the brain, not movements from muscles.
DARPA wants an exoskeleton capable of carrying hundreds of pounds for hours straight.
Yes, that's exactly what DARPA wants -- an exoskeleton capable of carrying hundreds of pounds for hours straight.
In the early 1960s, exoskeletons were sometimes called man amplifiers.
Yes, in the early 1960s, exoskeletons were called man amplifiers, as well as superman suits.
In the comics, Iron Man is incapable of flight.
Iron Man's alter ego, Tony Stark, graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tony Stark did graduate from MIT.
The designer of the XOS powered exoskeleton once also designed a robotic dinosaur.
Steve Jacobsen, the designer of the XOS powered exoskeleton, once also designed a robotic dinosaur.
In science fiction, powered exoskeletons are sometimes called BattleMechs.
The imaginary BattleMechs are essentially powered exoskeletons.
The latest generation of exoskeletons can carry 500 pounds of weight.
The latest exoskeletons can carry 200 pounds of weight.
Real-life powered exoskeletons can talk to the wearer.
Powered exoskeletons do not yet have speech capabilities.