'UWM Unleashed - The Final Cut'
Unified Weapons Masters is a relatively recent Indiegogo campaign that hopes to kickstart a new sort of sport combining full-contact sword, axe and dagger fights with space-age, intelligent body armor. The idea is that people would suit up in "Lorica" armor, step into a ring and beat the crap out of each other with stiletto, sai, sword, axe and buckler in front of a live audience. The armor, which covers every bit of a fighter and includes a helmet that fully encases the head, is packed with biometric sensors, cooling system, a microphone, a helmet cam and the ability to sense the exact location, speed and force of a hit. The suit is designed to both protect the fighter, but also provide as much mobility as possible for a person wearing what amounts to a high-tech suit of armor.
The team has actually already created and tested an array of prototypes, but they're looking for money to help them put together next-gen suits designed to be lighter, safer and used, if things go well, for the first live competitions in 2016. You can read up on the tech used and the ultimate goals over on the campaign site.
This video is an exciting glimpse into what UWM’s future might look like. For the first time you can see an initial design of the UWM scoring system and broadcast graphics and weapons combat commentary, combined with our prototype Lorica armour in action.
For more information or to donate to the program visit their Indiegogo page.
If you wish to leave them feedback you can do so on their Facebook page.