It’s a cool thing to boast a film franchise to your credit – like say Harrison Ford with his Indiana Jones films. It’s even cooler to have several movie franchises under your belt. Arnold Schwarznegger helped to christen Conan, Terminator and the Predator movie franchises, when he starred in the first installments of the three respective film series. “Predator”, released in 1987, saw Schwarznegger skillfully resist the violent antics of a mysterious alien hunter. The Predator was fully armed to the teeth, and his cool tech toys would make any martial artist, weapons nut or plain geek salivate with envy.
This full cover for the alien’s face functions much more as a mere fashion statement. Within its protective shell are gadgets to sense, analyze and target a victim for accuracy with a weapon. It can record audio, and seems to be able to translate and or process all kinds of signals and data. These aliens may be tough, but our atmosphere seems not to agree with them, as in “Predator 2” a inhaler kind of device was needed once the bio mask was lost.
Plasma Caster or Cannon
Imagine using a weapon which can fire with devilish accuracy and with devastating damage, all without ever using your arms or hands. Predators have shoulder mounted plasma guns or cannons and by using the complex sensor circuitry in their bio mask, they can pretty much fire the destructive plasma bolts anywhere they look or turn. These wicked bad boys work and fire almost like shoulder mounted bazookas, but are so lightweight, a Predator can jog along or even climb jungle foliage with no problem in toting the lethal weapon to bring down even the most difficult to catch prey.
Wrist Gauntlet Control Device
Think of this as a Predator’s battle ready smartphone or touch tablet device. It can utilize this wrist worn computer to more accurately target all weapons, display full digital blueprints or sensor data – in holography form no less – of the mission targets for him to locate and from which to launch an all out assault. One of the most destructive – and desperate options – is the self destructive device embedded within. Once activated, a brief countdown is initiated – complete with flashing lights and beeps – until finally a small nuclear reaction explosion is detonated. It’s like the ultimate kind of spy or secret agent suicide pill.
These are the go to weapons or the default choice for the busy Predator on the go eager to kill their prey more Au natural – without using energy weapons or more high tech tactics. Like super sharp, wicked butcher knives from hell, these blades are retractable – usually a twin set – and range from about 6 to a whopping 18 inches long. They can slice through bone like butter, and can even be fired off missile like fashion, turning a blade into a projectile weapon in a jiffy.
It’s as if they borrowed this devious tech from another sci-fi alien race known for predatory antics – Romulans from “Star Trek”. This is an invisibility like cloak for camouflage. In truth, it’s more of a really good camouflage energy field, since it doesn’t render the user fully transparent. Similar in concept to some of our own recent attempts at creating stealth or invisibility cloaks in the lab, the Predators utilize light bending fields to warp visible light around the user. Usually, a shimmering effect can still flicker about the user, so it’s not a perfect tactical solution, but certainly can be highly effective in many combat situations.