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Spiderman suit nears reality

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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
A "Spiderman suit" that allows the wearer to scale vertical walls just like the comic and movie superhero could one day be a reality - writes PA.

Scientists have worked out how the natural technology used by real spiders could allow a person to crawl up the side of a skyscraper or hang upside down from a roof.



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The key is a type of microscopic Velcro that clings to smooth surfaces such as concrete or even glass while being easy to detach.

The key is a type of microscopic Velcro that clings to smooth surfaces such as concrete or even glass while being easy to detach.
Insects, spiders, and gecko lizards all use the same principle to scuttle effortlessly up walls. They have tiny hairs on their feet which set up weak attractions called van der Waals forces between molecules that are very close together.

Italian scientists have calculated how sufficient stickiness could be generated in the same way to support a fully-grown human being's bodyweight.

They believe microscopic hollow structures called carbon nanotubes could theoretically be used to make the idea work.

Professor Nicola Pugno, from the Polytechnic of Turin, who led the research published in the Journal of Physics, said: "There are many interesting applications for our theory, from space exploration and defense, to designing gloves and shoes for window cleaners of big skyscrapers.

"With the idea for the adhesion now in place, there are a number of other mechanics that need addressing before the Spiderman suit can become a reality. Size-effects on the adhesion strength require further research.

"Moreover, man's muscles, for example, are different to those of a gecko. We would suffer great muscle fatigue if we tried to stick to a wall for many hours.

"However now that we are this step closer, it may not be long before we are seeing people climbing up the Empire State Building with nothing but sticky shoes and gloves to support them."


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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I Want One NOW:w00t: :w00t: :w00t:
#2
I read about that, but not sure I would trust it!
#3
DAmn that would be soo cool!!!

([SIZE="1"]Imagine all the upside down kisses :oops: [/SIZE] )
#4
What would happen if they fell! splat
[mod]#5
They've been saying they've nearly completed making one of these pretty much constantly for the last 30 years..............haven't seen one in the shops yet though. :whistling:
#6
do u keep checking then?
[mod]#7
jasonrat
do u keep checking then?


Of course..............don't we all???? :o :lol:
#8
jasonrat
do u keep checking then?

Sy's just looking out for the lil' uns.....
http://www.a2z-kids.co.uk/ul/9331_264967.jpghttp://www.a2z-kids.co.uk/ul/9119_726276.jpg
#9
I wouldn't advise going in the bath with one of these on
#10
:giggle: Those kids costumes actually contain a warning that the wearer will not have any special powers and cannot hang from walls!
#11
kelly_o_fanatic
:giggle: Those kids costumes actually contain a warning that the wearer will not have any special powers and cannot hang from walls!

Like the superman cape with the lable
Does not enable wearer to fly :lol:
[mod]#12
jennybubbles
Like the superman cape with the lable
Does not enable wearer to fly :lol:


Now you tell me while i'm currently on the 15th floor of the Multi-Storey. :x
#13
Syzable
Now you tell me while i'm currently on the 15th floor of the Multi-Storey. :x

Never any danger of you jumping while you were dogging....the whole pants on the outside of your trousers bit might have made things even trickier if the plod turned up.....
[mod]#14
CHARLIETHIRTYTWO
Never any danger of you jumping while you were dogging....the whole pants on the outside of your trousers bit might have made things even trickier if the plod turned up.....


What do you mean if they turned up...........that's who i meet. :w00t:
#15
Syzable
What do you mean if they turned up...........that's who i meet. :w00t:

You somehow believed "dogging" meant watching D_C's atics in the back of his van?!?!?

Sy...you are a truly sick man
#16
Well i think they'll make it illegal because that the type of things that will make people go crazy, like muggers getting away easily and etc.
#17
h_360
Well i think they'll make it illegal because that the type of things that will make people go crazy, like muggers getting away easily and etc.

[SIZE="1"][B]Unless the police have them too....?!?!?[/B][/SIZE]
#18
Now that would be fairly cool Imagine armmed response units being able to walk up buildings .
The suit would kinda put the parku (sp) people out of a hobby though wouldn't it

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