Students at the College of Engineering, Utah State University have designed and built a suit, the ‘Ascending Aggies,’ which allows its wearer to scale walls like Spiderman. Of course, this sounds like a lot of fun, but the motivation behind this project was a little bit more serious.
Each year the Air Force Research Laboratory hosts a design challenge open to universities around the U.S. This year the Ascending Aggies was the winner. The suit uses vacuum-powered suction cups to fasten its user to vertical surfaces.
U.S. Special Forces are often required to find their way to difficult-to-reach places -- like on top of buildings -- while hauling hundreds of pounds of gear. As such, the U.S. military is constantly on the lookout for technologies that can assist with efforts such as these.