Have you ever wanted to be like Spiderman and run or climb up walls with only your hands and feet? In New York, engineers at Cornell University invented a palm-sized gadget to allow you to do just that. It uses the surface tension in water to create a reverse-adhesive bond to stick to glass, wood, and brick.
Soon, they will be able to put this technology on gloves and shoes to give the wearer Spiderman-like abilities. The inspiration, though, didn’t come from our friendly, neighborhood web-slinger. It was actually inspired by a palmetto tortoise beetle. Native to Florida, this beetle uses surface tension from tiny, pore-sized droplets of secreted oil at the top of its legs to climb and stick to surfaces.
Scientists also discovered that the more holes containing water, the stronger the suction became. The theory, then, is that if they made the holes containing water thinner than the width of a human hair, then there would be enough suction to hold an entire person to a surface.
Iron Man Exoskeleton
Some military geniuses have created an Iron Man exoskeleton. Coined “Iron Man”, I think you got it by now it is meant to help humans become stronger. This exoskeleton increases a soldier’s mobility and strength using basic robotics. This robotics enhances and multiplies whatever movement the soldier makes.
That means a normal punch that would leave only a bruise can now break through thick wooden planks. Soldiers can lift rockets and rocket launchers as if they were shotguns. That puts the exoskeleton closer to a real-life Mech. On top of that, the exoskeleton can also fly, though it wouldn’t be able to do the extreme aerial acrobatics that Marvel’s Iron Man is known for.
Batman Armor and Helmet
Batman’s superpower is the fact that he is rich, and he can fight really well in his awesome suit. In keeping with that, this armor and helmet are also ridiculously expensive. It is also bullet-proof, light, agile, and comes with visual displays.
The wearer can run and flip around freely without worrying about it wearing you down! Developed by the Air Force, the armor and helmet are called the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided knowledge or Batman for short. Yes, I know “knowledge” starts with “k” but someone really wanted the acronym to be Batman. And can you blame them? Batmak kind of misses the whole point. The armor was created to modernize the gear commandos use while on combat missions. It had to protect but also be light and covert. While a commando would normally carry 160pounds of equipment, the BATMAN decreases the amount of weight.
This is for all you admirers of Fantastic Four’s Human Torch. Like him, you can shoot fireballs from your hands. These flames aren’t enough to melt a wall of ice but it will certainly make lighting a campfire infinitely cooler.
The device costs about $100 dollars and the creators also claim that they are perfectly safe to use. The secret is the flash paper tucked into the barrels of the shooter. This specially treated tissue paper burns quickly. Magicians and illusionists have long used flash paper in their acts when they need a tiny burst of fire so you shouldn’t worry about burning anyone to death accidentally.
This gadget could probably help you jump a fence! But it can’t help you much higher than that. Kangaroo Jumps look like something out of an 80’s sci-fi movie. They add inches to your height and help with jumping. However, they were originally invented to lower joint impact while running. They are a great tool for losing weight because they double the rate of calorie burn when you’re working out. So, not only do you feel like a superhero but you are also doing your body some good.
Like Superman, you, too, can have x-ray vision. You won’t be able to use actual x-rays and I don’t think you really want to go that far. Too much exposure to x-rays causes cancer. Scientists, though, have found a good alternative and created the T5000 from Thruvision. Inventors of the T5000 built on technology developed by the European Space Agency. The T5000 was originally designed for use in airports. There isn’t a portable version, unfortunately. It can spot concealed explosives, narcotics, weapons, plastics, and ceramics from 80 feet, which eliminates the need to step through a scanner.
If you are a fan of Harry Potter or the Fantastic Four, you will love this one! Well, Japanese scientists may have created your heart’s desire. Scientists at Tokyo University in Japan have invented a poncho-like coat capable of rendering its wearer invisible. Well, as invisible as possible outside of a comic book or movie. They used a special type of “retro-reflective material” to create the coat.
It only works in conjunction with a camera. The camera, which is behind the person, reflects the background onto the coat, causing the wearer to blend in. Think of it like extreme camouflage. You had thought something like this was invented for military purposes but actually, the reason might surprise you. It was actually made to help surgeons see patients’ bodies all the way through. So, instead of camouflage, it’s an extreme x-ray. Pilots can also use the technology to make the floors of their planes appear transparent in order to help with landings.
MyoWare Bionic Claws
Wolverine and his claws can now be yours! The company who created the MyoWare muscle sensor celebrated the launch of the device’s fourth generation by creating a step-by-step tutorial on how to create bionic claws. The tutorial involves 3D printing and the MyoWare sensor. It works by the device senses when you flex your forearm muscles. This extends the 4-inch claws a fraction of a second later! There is also a locking mechanism if you want the claws to stay out while keeping your muscles flexed.
Maybe you don’t want to fly or set things on fire with the flick of a wrist. Maybe you have always admired Professor X and his mental powers. Well, telepathy is an ability that may be part of our future.
Researchers at Duke University used neural implants to send electrical signals from one rat’s brain to another rat’s brain. The signal was to make one push a lever and it worked! Unfortunately, human experimentation is still a ways off.
However, a scientist in the UK, Christopher James achieved the first brain to brain telepathic conversation. He placed electrodes on the subject’s scalp (his daughter was the subject) and had her imagine moving an arm or leg.
James said: “I only used scalp electrodes on my daughter since my wife wouldn’t let me drill holes in my daughter’s head”. He later performed other experiments with more subjects and had people imagine performing simple actions. This action translated into a flashing light signal and was sent to the other person’s brain, causing the other subject to complete the action.
It’s not exactly Professor Xavier sending complicated instructions using the power of brain but it’s a start.