The U.S. military is currently testing what they'd have you believe is cutting-edge exoskeleton technology. Don't believe them! These pictures, from the carefree 1960s, have them beat by almost half a century.

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Illustration for article titled Human Exoskeletons Nothing New, Says 1960s GE Prototype

The concept was called Hardiman, and it was a real, live prototype developed to help human beings lift heavy loads

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Illustration for article titled Human Exoskeletons Nothing New, Says 1960s GE Prototype

As is still the issue with today's exoskeletons, the power source was a huge stumbling block for the unit, and only an experimental version was ever produced.

Illustration for article titled Human Exoskeletons Nothing New, Says 1960s GE Prototype
Illustration for article titled Human Exoskeletons Nothing New, Says 1960s GE Prototype
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[cybernetic zoo via Makezine]

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