US looks to create robo-soldier

April 11, 2002 | Source: BBC

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, funded by the US Army, is setting up a $50 million research center known as the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) to develop the soldier of the future.
The center will develop futuristic cyborg technologies, such as devices that can heal soldiers, nearly invisible uniforms, clothing that can become a rigid cast when a soldier breaks a leg, shoes with built-in power packs to endow the soldier with super-strength and agility, lightweight chain mail and an exoskeleton to provide protection from bullets, transform into a medical cast and even activate an offensive weapon.