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Gadgets That Give You Superpowers

September 14, 2019


– [Narrator] I know I’m
not the only one who dreams of being a superhero
with special powers. They’ve always been the realm of comic book or movie fantasies until now. Thanks to new technology,
some cool inventions can actually grant us mere mortals Batman like superhero abilities. Here are the top ten gadgets
that give you superpowers. (playful music) Number 10, Bespoke Bulletproof Suit Sometimes I feel ten
feet tall and bulletproof then the bartender cuts me off. Turns out there’s a way to at least get the bulletproof part
down without drinking. Torontonian tailors Garrison Bespoke have created a bespoke bulletproof suit. The fabric is bulletproofed with lightweight carbon
nanotubes, custom-tailored into a suit for your specifications. Many of Garrison’s clients
work in the diamond or other high-risk industries,
and feel the need for a suit to protect them from
more than just the elements. The material is thinner, lighter, and more flexible than Kevlar, but designed to harden to block a bullet. While this is really cool,
I don’t think my wallet is bulletproof enough to handle one. A single suit reportedly costs $20,000. Number nine, Robot Exoskeleton
Gives you Hulk Strength If I really did have
twenty grand in my wallet, I might need help picking it up. I could use the Cyberdyne HAL suit, which gives the wearer superhuman strength to carry heavy loads which would be useful in the real world for other
jobs involving heavy lifting. It uses a network of
sensors to monitor the electrical impulses the
wearer’s brain puts out. This is done with EEG, which stands for electroencephalography. Try saying that three times fast. Because of this, the suit is basically operated by mind control. Although it weighs 130
pounds, it walks with you, and with superhuman strength
who’s going to notice carrying an extra 130 pounds? Number eight, Pyro Fireshooter Ever wanted the ability to shoot fireballs like pyro from x-men? All you need is the Pyro Fireshooter which attaches to your wrist and allows you to carry four fireballs worth of charge. You activate the device with a remote held in your other hand. I think you’ll have to
check the local fire codes before playing with this device though. Number seven, Working Jet pack A man named Yves Rossy has
invented a working jet pack, just like something you see in the movies. This thing can reach a
stunning 160 miles per hour, and Rossy often uses it to
make quick six-minute flights. Unfortunately, it’s not ideal
for long-distance travel, due to the amount of fuel it uses. This is a problem for all jet pack tech. Meaning more than a quick hop would require you to carry large
amounts of heavy fuel, which would force it to
expend even more energy lifting the extra weight off the ground. But hey, I’m sure I’ll look really cool and futuristic taking it for a quick run down the
block to the corner store. However, if you want to fly over water, just get some JetBlades. Though this is another
invention that requires the super power of being rich because you’ll need $5,995 to afford it. – What are your super powers again? – I’m rich. [Narrator] If you have
that, you can actually fly above water for as long as you want, thanks to a hose that trails
from the back of the suit and uses the water to power the journey. But you might want to put on
your bulletproof suit for a little extra protection, as
the company’s website notes that there’s a learning curve
and safe is a relative term. Number six, Enhancing Your Mind. Want to move objects with your mind, like that kid in Stranger Things? Yes, there’s an invention for that, too. A so-called brain cap
invented by researchers at the University of Maryland
is a non-invasive, sensor lined cap that, like the Cyberdyne HAL suit, operates using EEG. Essentially, it uses your brain waves to control a computer or
other networked objects. Researchers designed
it to help individuals with disabilities, like paralysis. However, it’s possible that
with further development it may one day be available
to anyone who needs a boost. Now I wonder if I can change
the TV channel with my mind. That truly would be game changing. Believe it or not, the
Royal College of Art has produced its own superhero device to augment some of our senses. The EIDOS mask has a superhero feel to it, because it looks like a large mask. But apart from just looking cool, it amplifies visual or auditory signals. Researchers say that because we’re bombarded with these all the time, the mask makes things easier by honing in on one signal and amplifying it. For example, if you’re trying to listen to one conversation at a crowded party, the mask could filter out
those voices and amplify them, reducing background noise. Or if you’re attending a concert, you could zoom in on the sound
of a particular instrument. The sight-augmenting aspect is similar to long-exposure photography,
refining an image then displaying it in the mask’s goggles. Number five, Superhero Armor. Batman and Iron Man have a mask and armor that’s so impressive, the
military wants them too. They’ve developed a so-called
Iron Man exoskeleton, or T.A.L.O.S. suit,
that increases mobility and strength with robotics. T.A.L.O.S. stands for Tactical
Assault Light Operator Suit, and in addition to increasing strength, it’s also bulletproof, weaponized, and can monitor the wearer’s vital signs. So if a soldier wearing the
suit lightly punches someone, the suit amplifies the strength behind it, creating a punch that can
smash through wooden planks. The wearer also gains the
ability to lift up rockets and rocket launchers
like they’re shotguns. Meanwhile, the suit is
still flexible enough to do push-ups in, even though push-ups aren’t on my list of super powers. Again, researchers are
still trying to improve the suit’s efficiency, as increased
power demand might require increased weight because
of its power source. Number four, Finer Motor Controls. Summoning ghosts on the go would be a pretty cool super power, and while there’s nothing that can use our hand gestures for that just yet, we’re getting closer by the year. One such awesome device
aiming to perfect our fine motor controls is the Ouijiband. This device is an electronic counterweight to attach to your wrist. Using a gyroscope and gimbal, it senses fine motor movements and, if it deems it necessary,
smooths them out. This can help everyone,
from surgeons who want to cut in a straighter line
to athletes who want to improve their backhand or golf stroke. Artists could use it to
draw perfect circles, and it might even be
able to help steady the hands of people with
neurological illnesses like Parkinson’s Disease. Then there’s Kinseowear, the artificial muscle designed for all of us. It’s similar to kinesio
tape, which sticks on and microscopically lifts the
skin to alleviate discomfort. Kinesiowear goes further,
providing a stick on muscle. You attach it anywhere you
want, and it can do everything from tapping you on the
shoulder to supporting your muscles while you swim,
run, or do other exercises. It can be worn for weeks at a time, charging inductively through chargers that can be situated in chairs or beds. Kinseowear communicates
by subtle shoulder tugs, and works with other
devices, like a smartphone. Number three, Light
Bending Invisibility Cloak. I’ve been told I blend in with
the wallpaper a few times, and never considered it
a super power, until now. To perfect this skill,
the military has created a technology to actually
make a person invisible. They developed it for defense purposes, but it could one day
have commercial uses for anyone who wants to disappear. You know, like your everyday bank robber. This invisibility cloak is
said to make you to disappear into your surroundings
in a chameleon-like way. It uses metamaterials, which reflect light to create an optical illusion. By bending light around an object, it allows you to see right through it. If you are the object, hey
presto, you’re invisible. Researchers in London, Germany, and Japan have created similar prototypes, but none are available for
sale to the public just yet, so you may have to wait for your instant invisibility shield. Number two, Climb Anything. Want to climb tall
buildings like Spider-Man? That may be possible
soon, with the help of researchers at Cornell University. They’ve created a palm-sized device that uses surface tension in water to make a reverse-adhesive bond. This will enable you to stick
to wood, brick, or even glass. It was inspired by the Florida
Palmetto Tortoise beetle, which uses the surface
tension on droplets of oil at the ends of its legs to
climb and stick to surfaces. Yes, that’s right, the
Spider-Man-like tech was developed based on an insect, not a spider. Scientists found that the more holes the device had, the better the suction. They were even able to
reverse the suction, allowing one to become unstuck on command. If these become commercially available, they will work by using an
electrical field to pump tiny amounts of water through many microscopic holes in
the Spider-Man gloves. Before I reveal the most
outrageous example in this list, I’d like to remind you to
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some amazing new information. Also, hit that bell icon for notifications on more amazing fact-filled videos. Number one, Bionic Eyes. You know what would be cool? Having enhanced vision that
would enable you to see ever the smallest details from miles away, or at least improve your vision
from its present capability. Imagine how handy that would be. Well, technology is on the
verge of making this a reality. To start, a company called
Second Sight aims to give people with visual impairment their
sight back with the Argus II. Also called a retinal prosthesis system, it bridges the gap between
light entering the eye and the optic nerves,
which communicates the images our eyes see to the brain. Second Sight’s Argus II is the only FDA-approved device for this purpose. It uses a camera integrated
into a pair of eyeglasses, plus an implant on the surface of the eye that taps into the optic nerve. At the moment, lasers are only able to see shadows and outlines of figures, but the company hopes to improve the technology for future users. Meanwhile, the Seek Thermal XR camera, combined with an app on your iPhone, is useful for anyone who
wants to have night-vision. The Seek Thermal XR can
detect heat signatures in pitch-black conditions
up to 2,000 feet away. Seek suggests it’s useful for hunters who want to track game at a distance. Or make sure large predators aren’t approaching their tent at night. But other people may enjoy playing a $300 game of hide and seek. Now, if I could just see into that black hole at the bottom of my wallet, maybe I could find that all my money has gone on these cool gadgets. What super powers would you like to have? Let me know in the comments
down below. Thanks for watching. (playful music)

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