Gallery: High-Tech Bodysuit Could Give Visually Impaired “Spidey Sense”

Spider-Man, wearable technology, blindness, University of Illinois at Chicago, Victor Mateevitsi, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

It doesn’t shoot web fluid from its wrists, but Victor Mateevitsi’s high-tech bodysuit could be the closest thing you’ll get to experiencing real-life “Spidey sense.” Inspired by Spider-Man—and the tingly sensation the comic superhero feels when danger is close—”SpiderSense” could allow the visually impaired to sense and avoid obstacles in their vicinity. Doctor Octopus himself would approve of its construction. The suit features small robotic arms encased in microphone-equipped modules that send and receive ultrasonic reflections from adjacent objects. When the ultrasound detects someone (or something) moving closer, the arms respond by placing pressure on the part of the body closest to the “threat.” “When someone is punching Spider-Man, he feels the sensation and can avoid it,” Mateevitsi, a computer-science graduate student at the University of Illinois in Chicago, told New Scientist on Friday. “Our suit is the same concept.”

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