British military to outfit soldiers with wearable solar cells

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In a move right out of Iron Man, it has been reported that the British military is funding research into outfitting soldiers with wearable solar cells. Now solar power isn’t exactly new, but this is certainly a new use for the tech.

These solar powered outfits are intended to cut down on the weight soldiers have to lug around hostile terrain. Current word has this tech being able to cut that weight down by as much as one half. Not bad. Every bit helps right? These outfits are also designed to absorb energy, which reduces the risk of being spotted by infrared technology.

A prototype will be unveiled in 2013 and there is no word as to when they will go into production. Too bad it’s not in time for the royal wedding.