High-tech armor – Australian company Unified Weapons Master has developed The Lorica, a high-tech suit of armor they hope will be used in weapons-based martial arts competitions.
High-tech armor – Pressure sensors spaced throughout the suit send messages to an external computer, telling it where, and how hard, a strike was. The results could be displayed to an audience or used to keep score.
High-tech armor – The team that developed the suit includes an armorer who worked on more than 2,500 suits of armor for the "Lord of the Rings" movies and "The Hobbit."
High-tech armor – Sone Vannathy, right, a champion Muay Thai kickboxer, helped test the armor. It is designed to be lightweight and flexible, but still protect the wearer.
High-tech armor – The Lorica is named after the suit of armor that was worn by the Roman legions.
High-tech armor – Unified Weapons Master hopes to host a tournament late this year, or in early 2015, in which weapons masters from different disciplines compete while wearing the suits.