Construction on the research facility that became known as Natick Army Labs began 50 years ago in 1962. After World War II, officials wanted a centralized Quartermaster Research and Development center to create modern equipment for its modern military. Since then, many technological breakthroughs here crept into civilian life. Take a look at some of the innovations.
Pictured: Chris Shaffer modeled a lightweight chemical/biological protective ensemble developed at the US Army Labs in 2001.