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SpiderSense Suit Delivers Superhuman Perception

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the with-great-power-comes-a-great-price-tag dept.

Technology 37

Zothecula writes "In the Spider-Man comics and movies, the famous hero's 'Spider Sense' warns him of incoming danger, which proves to be just as important a superpower as slinging webs and climbing walls. Now a group of researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago may have found a way to replicate such superhuman perception that doesn't involve any radioactive spiders. Using a collection of sensors placed all over the body, the group has designed a 'SpiderSense' suit that detects objects in the environment and warns the wearer when anything gets too close."

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It is a neat idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43138657)

The way it works is that if an object comes too close it triggers and electrical shock in the area to cause a searing and crippling pain. This reminds the user not to step into the path of a moving train or a flying wiffle ball. It is too bad humans didn't already come with some type of sensory technology that could remind them to get out of the way of moving objects or remind them which objects would damage them.

Re:It is a neat idea (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43138869)

Technically speaking, not all human units come with this particular type of technology, and some have degraded or damaged systems. So those with a disabilities in this type of technological implementation might find these suits useful.

Re:It is a neat idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43138999)

Technically speaking, not all human units come with this particular type of technology, and some have degraded or damaged systems. So those with a disabilities in this type of technological implementation might find these suits useful.

Calling this type of thing "superhuman" is like calling my cellphone a "superhuman" communication ability. Those with disabilities would be happier if they'd get some decent force-feedback prosthetics technology moving along instead of stuffing them into a suit that gives them electroshock "treatments".

Re:It is a neat idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43138921)

"The way it works is that if an object comes too close it triggers and electrical shock in the area to cause a searing and crippling pain."

Your ex-girlfriend has a Taser and she's not afraid to use it?

4th Augmented Human International Conference (4, Informative)

schneidafunk (795759) | about a year ago | (#43138667)

"Mateevitsi presented the suit just last week at the 4th Augmented Human International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany." Wow, this is the first I've heard of this conference. I had to look it up, http://www.augmented-human.com/ [augmented-human.com]

What about Al Gore Spider-Goat sense: (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#43138743)

Re:What about Al Gore Spider-Goat sense: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43138801)

"Goat sense"? Why does that name send jeebies up my spine?

Re:What about Al Gore Spider-Goat sense: (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year ago | (#43139883)

"Goat sense"? Why does that name send jeebies up my spine?

It's down past your spine you have to worry about.

LOOK OUT (5, Funny)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#43138805)

There's a fork-shaped object approaching [user]'s face and mouth, topped with heat-treated biological tissue! Engaging chemical/biological warfare protection mode!

Suit Negates Its Own Purpose... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43138867)

...because wearing that friggin' thing, NO ONE will want to get close to you.

For example, there's no way to test the, "oh boy oh boy oh boy, I'm about to get LAID!" function.

360 degrees (2)

neorush (1103917) | about a year ago | (#43138895)

I also thought something like this would be really awesome once you got used to it. Ever since I read 'Have Spacesuit Will Travel' when I was a kid, I have been waiting for someone to develop 360 degree wearable vision. I have always wondered how long it would take for you to start seeing in 360 degrees. I'd imagine if you were blind, this suit could be awesome.

But where's the fun in that? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43139027)

No radioactive spiders needed? Where's the fun in that?

What good is a spider-sense if I don't have the increased spider-reflexes to take advantage of it? And the freestyle wall climbing is an awesome perk of the process too. I'll pass on the web slinging if it's the mechanical style where I have to build a device to shoot web for me. If it's an included part of the spider bite and organic, then that's just icing on the cake.

Re:But where's the fun in that? (1)

plover (150551) | about a year ago | (#43140615)

Tell you what. You go and get yourself bit by a radioactive spider, then come back and tell us how that worked out for you in terms of "fun".

Not Spider Sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43139127)

Spidey Sense.

Don't we have this? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43139515)

the group has designed a 'SpiderSense' suit that detects objects in the environment and warns the wearer when anything gets too close.

So....eyes?

YoU FAIl it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43139523)

NIGGER ASSOCIATION Users. BSD/OS 8ove forward, shit-filled, conglomerate in the

Are you baiting us? (3, Insightful)

OpenSourced (323149) | about a year ago | (#43139573)

as important a superpower as slinging webs

That's pure trolling, baiting us to come shouting that the webs of Spiderman ain't no superpower, but a device. I for one won't fall into the trap. At least I won't shout.

Re:Are you baiting us? (2)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about a year ago | (#43139761)

Well at one point in the comics, Spidey underwent a metamorphosis and gained organic web shooters and stingers. However after "A Brand New Day" something changed and he has mechanic ones again; but still remembers having organic ones (as he comments using them a lot required a lot of replenishing fluids + protein).

However, now that Kaine is revived as a new Scarlet Spider he has Organic web shooters and spider stingers again, as did the millions of people infected during the Spider Island arc.

Re:Are you baiting us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43140257)

Just a question, but are you still a virgin?

Re:Are you baiting us? (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | about a year ago | (#43140713)

Well at one point in the comics, Spidey underwent a metamorphosis and gained organic web shooters and stingers. However after "A Brand New Day" something changed and he has mechanic ones again; but still remembers having organic ones (as he comments using them a lot required a lot of replenishing fluids + protein).

You may want to consult Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man [devour.com] about "web shooters," "stingers", and "replenishing fluids + protein". (Hint: You might not want to be scientifically-accurate Spider-Man if you're still *ahem* maiden.)

Re:Are you baiting us? (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about a year ago | (#43141117)

God, I wasn't talking about the scientific accuracy of Spider-Man.

Just the grandparent (or great-grandparent, whatever) discussing webshooters as a device and not a power. I replied saying, at one point they decided to MAKE it a power. And to some younger generations, that's what they were introduced to growing up (not me, I'm too old)

I didn't bother launching that link, but I recall talks in my HS physics class (my professor liked to point out absurdity in comicbook characters) about swinging momentum and such.

Re:Are you baiting us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43141397)

I didn't bother launching that link, but I recall talks in my HS physics class (my professor liked to point out absurdity in comicbook characters) about swinging momentum and such.

It's not about physics. It's about dicks.

Re:Are you baiting us? (1)

TheLink (130905) | about a year ago | (#43146363)

Makes more sense to be a power than a device.

Peter Parker could have become a very rich man by just by licensing his webshooter technology.

Re:Are you baiting us? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43140059)

According to MSH, it's a technology-based super power. Magic/Genetics/Technology/Psychic, the source doesn't matter in Marvel as much as the effect (unless you're talking about the social aspects; Mutants being the obvious case).

Sure, trolling in the summary, but anyway (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | about a year ago | (#43139767)

Slinging webs is not a damn superpower - it's just technology. Being able to use them to swing through a city without regularly crashing is another story, but that story is the damn spider-sense anyway!

Nope, that's Iron Man's sensors (2)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43139987)

Spider-Man's spider sense is psychically/mystically based (he can sense if a hidden sniper a mile away is pointing a gun at him). This is more like Iron Man's armor sensors, which have danger detection systems too. /nerd

Re:Nope, that's Iron Man's sensors (1)

twosat (1414337) | about a year ago | (#43157243)

My uncle who is a well-known hunter in New Zealand thinks that animals have a sense like that. He told me that he would often have animals that were lined up in his gunscope suddenly glance towards him and bolt away. He claims that since he started thinking "Bless you" when he squeezes the trigger, that the animals are much less flighty.

Not interested (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43141015)

doesn't involve any radioactive spiders

Not interested.

Distance isn't the important part, it's trajectory (1)

Joshua Fan (1733100) | about a year ago | (#43141377)

The suit's controller package needs to calculate over several measurements if objects are getting closer to you before issuing a warning. Then the article's example of walking between library bookshelves being problematic wouldn't be anymore. Bonus points if it also accounts for the relative direction and size of projectiles to determine if there truly will be a collision or not.

Dodgeball (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43142393)

I was i had this in grade school.

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