Testing DARPA's Prototype Endurance-Boosting Under-Suit
DARPA's Warrior Web program aims to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would reduce injuries and fatigue common for soldiers who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods of time. In this video, a solider carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype Warrior Web system during independent testing by the U.S. Army. The testing uses a multi-camera motion-capture system to determine any changes in gait or balance, a cardio-pulmonary exercise testing device to measure oxygen consumption, and a group of sensors to collect force, acceleration, and muscle activity data. DARPA envisions Warrior Web will augment the work of the soldiers' own muscles to boost endurance and carrying capacity while using no more than 100W of power.