You don’t need to be born with a genetic mutation or be exposed to solar radiation in order to become a superhero.
All you need is the cash to buy some pretty exclusive technology.
Here are 10 devices that will have you climbing walls like Spiderman or painlessly taking a bullet like Batman.
This military exoskeleton is designed to make a soldier's workload a little lighter. It works with the wearer to make lifting heavy objects or carrying a heavy pack effortless.
It's expected to be deployed to battlefields within 5 years.
Engineers at Cornell University have created a 'palm-sized device that uses the adhesive power of water to create a reversible adhesive bond capable of sticking to glass, wood and even brick.' Funded by the military, they hope to adapt it to allow a user to climb up walls.
Yes, that's right -- Spiderman gloves.
Zang Xiang of UC Berkeley has used 'metamaterials' -- artificially engineered structures that have properties not seen in nature, such as negative refractive index -- to affect light by sending it around the material. The effect is literally that of an invisibility cloak.
Did you know the military has a heat-ray gun?
It's called the Active Denial System, and when it's activated, it causes a target to feel a burning sensation. Military officials say it's actually harmless, but it's still an effective way to get enemy units to surrender.
Here's another trick in the military's back pocket -- a special penetrating radar array that can literally see through walls. It can identify if any people are on the other side so soldier's know what to expect before entering a building.
Banshee might not be the coolest superhero, but the military uses a machine that duplicates his ability. Mounted on ground vehicles and ships, the Long Range Acoustic Device delivers a painful blast of sound to anyone in its path.
BATMAN is not a specific technology, but rather the name of an initiative that stands for 'Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge.' Soldiers have to lug around lots of heavy equipment on the battlefield and it aims to reduce that load by sticking to its motto of 'lighter, smarter, deadlier.'
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