X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Personnel Vacuum Assisted Climber: Your Noisy Neighborhood Vacuum-Man

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

A team of Utah State University engineering students have built a wearable device that allows its user to climb walls. Their solution borrows less from Spider-Man and more from Inspector Gadget. Instead of subjecting themselves to radioactive spider bites, the Ascending Aggies built large suction pads.

Personnel Vacuum Assisted Climber

The students, who call themselves the Ascending Aggies, won first place at the Air Force Research Laboratory Design Challenge for their invention. The challenge was to build a lightweight device that could help special forces officers to scale walls or mountain faces without using a grappling hook. The Ascending Aggies responded with the Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber or PVAC: two powerful suction pads with soft ends that can conform to the surface of the wall.

The pads are adhered by battery-powered vacuums in modified ice cream buckets and each pull 4.5psi. They didn’t make additional pads for the feet, although if you look at the video below you’ll see some sort of hook-shaped ninja toe attachments on the tester’s feet.

Spider-Man annoys his villains with his witty retorts. I guess American soldiers will piss the hell out of their enemies with the PVAC’s obnoxious whine. Check out the link below for more information.

[via Deseret News & Neatorama]

 

Deals in The Technabob Shop



JBL Link Bar

JBL Link Bar

Cinera Video Headset

Cinera Video Headset

2046 Prints

2046 Prints

Advertisement
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cranks out More Than 700hp

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cranks out More Than 700hp

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Priced to Woo New Buyers

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Priced to Woo New Buyers

2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Turns up in Detroit

2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Turns up in Detroit