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Real-Life Spider-Man Suit Revealed

AOL.COM - Spiderman, Batman, and the Air Force Research Laboratory came together in an unlikely alliance to inspire college kids to build gadgets to let commandos climb up walls. Many of the entries in April's annual AFRL Design Challenge were Batmanesque grappling guns that fired a hook or anchor into the top of the wall, trailing a rope or ladder behind it, including the Air Force Academy's design, which beat out the teams from West Point and Annapolis.

But the winning entry among the 17 civilian schools participating was Utah State University's PVAC, which variously stands for Personal or Personnel Vacuum-Assisted Climber, an ingenious -- but noisy -- gadget that uses a vacuum-cleaner-like suction action to cling to the wall, Spiderman-style. click here to read more and to watch the video

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