Inspired by superheroes? Perhaps. Here's a new project from the U.S. military, because sometimes you want your soldiers to climb walls instead of using ropes and grappling hooks. This is a vacuum backpack with suction gloves that will let you climb brick, glass and the lot. They should have used this in Mission Impossible 4 instead.
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The research team from Utah State University recently won the first prize out of 33 teams in the Air Force's contest to get four soldiers over a very tall wall. The winning team's solution was to build a PVAC, a Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber. AKA Spider-Man.
Aside from the noise that the suit generates, the team won and got $100k from the Air Force to continue development, presumably to make it smaller and quieter. If not completely silent. Check out the full profile of the team and their device over at Business Insider. [Business Insider]