Victor Mateeritsi, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has created a new suit called Spider Sense.
The Spider Sense Suit is made up of tiny robotic arms that are equipped with microphone modules. If you’re near any objects, the microphones will send out ultrasonic reflections. The robotic arms will then squeeze the arms of the person wearing the suit and the pressure will increase as an object approaches.
Spidey-Sense will give the wearer 360 degrees of tingling all over their body.
How was this suit tested? Mateevisiti blind folded the subject, and harmless cardboard versions of ninja throwing stars were pelted at the person wearing the Sense Suit. Ninety five percent of the time, the person wearing the suit was able to dodge attacks. That’s the defensive test. If the wearer is the aggressor, he/she was able to pelt other individuals with 95% accuracy with stars even without the sense of sight.
In an interview with New Scientist, Mateevitsi said, “When someone is punching Spider-Man, he feels the sensation and can avoid it. Our suit is the same concept.”
Victor Mateevitsi was not the first person to create Spider Man-inspired technology. In 2007, Italian scientist Nicolo Pugno created adhesives that could bear the body weight of a human clinging onto a ceiling. A UC Berkeley professor, Ronald Fearing compared these adhesives to his study of sticky, wall-climbing geckos.
Mateevitsi strongly believes that the sensors on the arms and on the back of the suit, could be a major benefit to cyclists, by giving them more awareness. Sense Suit may also be an option in the future for those who are visually impaired.
Before you search for crime-fighting Sense Suit for sale on Amazon, know that it’s still in the Research and Development phase and unavailable to the public.