It’s been 78 years since Marvel Comics started publishing comics for kids as Timely Publications. But it was the reinvention in 1961 that brought forth timeless superheroes like Spider Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Wolverine, Batman, Doctor Strange and many more With this reinvention of comic characters, Marvel opened up a marvelous world of super… (Featured image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bagogames/20441093790)
It’s been 78 years since Marvel Comics started publishing comics for kids as Timely Publications. But it was the reinvention in 1961 that brought forth timeless superheroes like Spider Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Wolverine, Batman, Doctor Strange and many more. With this reinvention of comic characters, Marvel opened up a marvelous world of super heroism with enchanting superpowers that had little to do with the poofing of fairies and snappy fingers of elves, changing the way we – the kids of the times – read comics and worshipped its heroes.
If these comics fired the imagination of readers of the times, it has also fuelled creative minds to invent products that can make the feats of Batman, Spiderman and even Iron Man possible.
Spiderman climbers inspired by the gecko
Technology that aides the climbing of vertical inclines is possibly the least bit of an irritant in military equipment technology. In most cases, the traditional use of ropes and hooks continues to offer solace. But a growing need for more sophisticated and reliable equipment to help soldiers scale vertical inclines made of a multitude of material has pushed inventors to replicate a Spiderman-like effect.
One such effort has been made by American agency Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Their project is said to be inspired by the gecko. If you remember well, Spiderman has this uncanny ability to climb any vertical surface – from slippery glass to rough and undulating walls – with absolute ease. So does the gecko which uses an adhesive pressure of anywhere between 60 to 120 pounds per square inch across all limbs when climbing slippery and smooth surfaces.
DARPA uses similar technology in its product – the DARPA Z-Man Program. This product has employed a polymer microstructure technology that allows soldiers to climb any vertical surface with ease. It also allows for easy maneuvering, besides supporting soldiers to scale heights carrying their equipment.
There are several patents filed in this space. Few of them are Patent number US9517610, US7572207 and US7052447 describes gripping structures based on van der Waals adhesive forces, climbing wall structure and magnetic climbing device.
Punch like the Iron Man
Iron Man’s exoskeleton suit has been quite the talk of the armor town. Several inventors have attempted to recreate this tough shell in a myriad ways. One such attempt is showcased in patent application US 20130145530 A1.
While the metallic shell works as a protection against external forces, it can also multiply the force rendered by its wearer. So for instance, if a wearer tries to punch hard enough to crack a jaw, the armor can magnify it to punch through the trunk of a tree.
Batman-Superman fight gives rise to cool tech
When Batman fought Superman, the US Air Force churned out some cool ideas for defense technology. The Air Force Research Laboratory has designed interesting gadgets for its men along a series called the BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided knowledge).
One very interesting gadget is the Terminator-like visual display, which can be worn on the chest or belt. The device is lighter and smaller than the conventional heavyweights and offers greater agility for soldiers. Besides, it offers critical information, including combat strategies in real time and escape routes.
Now, this technology can be extended to various other industries including lumberjacking, construction sites and can even be used for emergency escapes from skyscrapers.
There are several patents filed in this space. An interesting one comes from the patent office in China. Patent number CN105326117 describes a method to create Batman battle clothes from an electronic fabric.
Letrons BMW Transformers
Letrons has brought those bulky Transformers to reality by building a full-scale, drivable BMW Transformer. This transformer can be remotely controlled and is capable of moving its head, neck and fingers. It has dynamic hydraulic controls and a cool dynamic lighting system.
The company is planning to unleash more transforming cars in the market soon with colorful characters that have equally interesting names such as Bizmut (clearly an homage to Optimus Prime), Argon, Wolfram, and Tantal.