Researcher develops Spidey-sense suit

A researcher is working on a suit that could give a soldier Spidey-sense that Spider-Man enjoys. That’s right, the ability to sense approaching objects without looking at or hearing them.

Victor Mateevitsi, a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is developing a wearable suit that would provide the person a sixth sense. He has even called the project SpiderSense with a nod to the Marvel comic hero.

The way the suit works is it picks up on ultra sonic reflections from objects that are coming toward it. Once it senses the object, the suit can moves the arms and legs to adapt to the object.

He has already tested it on students that he blindfolded to see if they could still have 360-degree awareness. When someone approached the person wearing the suit while blindfolded,Mateevitsi had the person throw a cardboard ninja star at them. Ninety-five percent of the time the person wearing the suit was able to sense the approaching individual.

Mateevitsi is not working with the U.S. military yet. He said he could foresee his suit helping blind people.

However, the military is aware of Mateevitsi. On Thursday morning, the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command Twitter handle tweeted a story about Mateevitsi’s research.

The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has already shown interest in developing Spider-Man like capabilities for servicemembers. DARPA’s lab has started work on developing “biologically inspired aids” to allow soldiers, Marines or special operators to scale walls wearing Spider-Man suits.

The Geckskin project, however, has hit a roadblock as the program looks for additional funding.

It’s likely that there will be at least a few military observers Mateevitsi’s SpideySense suit when he presents it in March at the 4th Augmented Human International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany.

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  • john

    Imagine this type of suit combined with the DAS information on the F-35.
    Another option would be ground avoidance and situational awareness for helipopter pilots.

  • riicky

    Holy shut, no way. So that’s how the ninjas did it back in the 1800. Be awesome to have.

  • suomynonA

    Web-shooters included or it’s not worth my time…

  • Will

    It’s not clear what “the suit can moves the arms and legs to adapt to the object” would mean in practice. Soldiers won’t want to throw sharp objects at everything that happens to come near them.
    The Colonial Marines used ultrasonic motion detectors in the movie Aliens.

  • stephen russell

    PR for suit

    Next 007 movie
    Next Marvel movie?
    For sale
    For use by Spec Ops.
    Use by Security Roving

    Awesome idea, love to sample suit./

  • U.S ARMY

    thats pretty freaking cool. nice way to change the way war is fought

  • Restore Palestine

    Hair-brained “researcher” kissing Hollywood’s ass.

    Or too much weed in his system.

    No wonder the Army likes the idea.

  • Lee

    You still have the matter of special ops carrying equipment into combat and that would cover part of the body’s sensors, rendering it in part useless.

  • noe

    i sure hope they use this in the army and for blind people. IT WOULD MAKE SPIDERMAN BETTER THEN EVER!

  • noe

    im glad victor is using spiderman as his inspiration. he’s a great hero and to invent something that help others in this world using spiderman as an inspiration, is something AMAZING! keep it up victor!

  • gorodn

    From a grunts perspective: this may be to be to good to be true, regardless I’d welcome anything that’ll give me the edge when it matters the most, on the other hand one cannot put to much trust on technology that attempts to mimic instinctive human awareness. Mind you, I do understand the logic. IMHO I just don’t see it’s usefulness when your in an up & up fight and your situational awareness is so keyed up you instinctively shut everything out except what your trying to kill albeit with a rifle or with your hands, or in a dog fight or dodging flak.

  • Tim

    Sitting in a foxhole in the dead of a moonless night..I want one now.

  • SFP

    It’s not clear what “the suit can moves the arms and legs to adapt to the object” would mean in practice. Soldiers won’t want to throw sharp objects at everything that happens to come near them.

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