Bicycle designer turned professional jeweler Jerome Kelty makes movie props and other oddities as a hobby — and like most such hobbyists, the pursuit of perfection has led him down the rabbit hole several times.
The latest project is a life-sized, wearable replica of the Mk III suit from the Iron Man series — and it moves like the real thing.
The suit itself is actually the creation of Kelty’s friend Greg Hatter, who made it out of fiberglass before coming to Kelty for help. See, just looking like the Iron Man Mk-III power suit wasn’t enough, and the two set out to give the suit animatronic controls that mimic those seen on page and screen.
The face plate pops up, the arm cannons pop out, and even the forearm missiles peek their conical heads out with a movie-like whirr. Though the project is still ongoing, the video below shows the two testing a number of animatronic parts and individual movements.
The suit uses 20 servo-motors and 4 Arduino control boards scattered about the body, which control each part wirelessly. The helmet reportedly gave them quite a bit of trouble, since space is at such a premium; there was barely room for the servos, let alone electronics for wireless control.