Watch: Canadian Inventor Recreates Scene From The Dark Knight Returns With a Homemade Exoskeleton and a Mini Cooper

Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 9:05PM
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Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 9:05PM
Watch: Canadian Inventor Recreates Scene From The Dark Knight Returns With a Homemade Exoskeleton and a Mini Cooper
There's probably not a person in the world who doesn't know about Batman's armored Batsuit now that it's been so heavily featured in pretty much all the trailers and images promoting the new DC Comics movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What they probably don't know is that Canadian inventor, Jason Hobson, is on the verge of creating his very own (or at the least, something similar):



Hobson's experiment is surprisingly reminiscent of a scene from the animated adaption of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, the graphic novel that served as the inspiration for the new armored Batsuit used in the upcoming film. In the scene, Batman is gearing up for his big battle with Superman and tweaking with his armored Bat-exoskeleton, testing it out by curling his Batmobile with one arm only. Of course Hobson's Mini Cooper isn't nearly as cool as the Batmobile, but the fact that he's created a real life exoskeleton is definitely something to boast about.  


Though he's only using the legs to do the lifting, Hobson also has another invention that works with his upper body. He's apparently appeared on TV to show his exoskeleton off too, and it's definitely impressive, as it allows him to curl 176 lbs. easy. He also goes on to say that the suit was really inspired by the sci-fi film Elysium and that he actually quit his job to work on his invention full time.

Of course Hobson isn't the only exoskeleton inventor out there - Korea is supposedly utilizing similar technology for certain heavy industry workers and it's been reported that the U.S. is experimenting with their own prototypes for military use as well. One can only imagine all the possibilities a full-fledged exoskeleton could offer the world in so many different fields.  

In the video, Hobson compares his invention to the Iron Man suit in what seems to be a joke about one day posting a video of him using it to fly. Yet not long ago, many would have thought it was a joke to say there'd be a guy posting a video of his homemade exoskeleton on YouTube. So who knows? Maybe one day in the not-so-far-off future, Hobson will be hovering in his very own Iron Man suit. Time will only tell.
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