Real Life Robocop: ‘Project Grizzly’ Creator’s Latest Invention. I’d Buy That For a Dollar!

hs1558762_1.jpgIt looks like inventor Troy Hurtubise is at it again. The man behind the infamous homemade bear protection suit, the creation of which was documented in Peter Lynch’s NFB film ‘Project Grizzly’, has unveiled a new project called ‘Trojan’, the “first ballistic, full exoskeleton body suit of armour.” After going bankrupt thanks to his bear suit, Troy has put in another 15,000 dollars, working out of his North Bay, Ontario home on this new idea that he hopes will gain the attention of the military and police. After some previous failed projects, I start questioning the reasoning behind Hurtubise’s determination, and whether or not his past failures are due to the quality of his products or the fact that the people he’s selling them to simply don’t take something handmade by a man with steps shaved into the side of his head seriously. Perhaps it’s his sensational ways of testing his products that turn people off of them? Either way, it’s still pretty entertaining and kind of cool to see what he comes up with. The Hamilton Spectator brings us more on Hurtubise’s new ‘Trojan’ design:

“The whole suit — which draws design inspiration from Star Wars, RoboCop, Batman and video games — is made from high-impact plastic lined with ceramic bullet protection over ballistic foam. The whole suit comes in at 18 kilograms. It covers everything but the fingertips and the major joints, and could be mass-produced for about $2,000, Hurtubise says.”

hs1558762_2.jpgMan, this thing is like Robocop, but with less boobs. I gotta say it looks pretty impressive, but does it perform? According to Troy, the suit has withstood shots from high powered weapons, including an elephant gun. As for comfortability, Troy recently dawned the suit during a four hour drive in his black pick-up truck. Well, I think he’s pretty much got it all covered. With any luck, he hopes that his Trojan suit will become standard issue for the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who knows, maybe the intimidation factor of seeing a cyborg slowly approaching your vehicle/tank/trench could be exactly what the Armed Forces need to turn the war around. Just add a horizontal scrolling red light in the visor and you’re set. All I ask is no nipples, it just doesn’t work on armoured suits. Below i’ve included a compilation clip of moments from ‘Project Grizzly’. If you haven’t seen this film, you should definitely check it out.

Related Link: The Hamilton Spectator