Researchers have created a prototype Wyss suit for the armed forces that would allow them to walk long distances and resist injuries.

Performance enhancing suits have long been used in athletics—this year’s Olympics saw a body suit meant to reduce drag while running, hot pants to keep cyclists’ muscles warm, and the Fastskin3 system to help Michael Phelps and others swim faster. Although used in different sports, these wearable technologies all have one thing in common: they work with the athlete’s body to help him or her reach optimal performance levels. In another high-intensity field, scientists are working to help improve physical endurance through flexible, smart suits that respond and act with the body’s natural cues. That field? The Armed Forces.

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