Get this... for all of you guys out there that wished they had Spiderman powers, it could soon be a reality... at least for guys in the military. A team of engineering students at Utah State University have designed a Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber (PVAC). The name doesn't sound very superhero stylee but it's a cool idea.
The system features a vacuum cleaner backpack and suction pads and has enough suction power to hold up to 700 pounds(!) and can be used on wood, brick, glass and other surfaces. But you gotta have superhero strength to be able to carry around the 48 pound backpack. That's pretty heavy!
And, according to PC World, it's noisy too:
“The only problem is that the vacuum pack is not quiet at all; in fact, it’s about as loud as your household vacuum cleaner, so probably everyone inside that building you’re trying to stealthily infiltrate will know something is up unless they have regular vacuum wall cleaning service.”
But the Air Force has granted the design team $100,000 to continue refining the device.
Check it out here (ignore the cheesy background music in the video.. or turn off the sound completely. very weird choice of music):