Get Real-Life Superpowers With 5 Wearable Technologies

Now you can stop tanks with just a T-shirt. Every superhero fan has fantasized about soaring through the sky or swinging from building to building. Superheroes are definitely the definition of cool.

Unfortunately, they're also only the stuff of comic books, movies or cartoons. But not for long.

Luckily for you, the following super powers don’t require a spider bite, thanks to modern technology.


Thanks to the Synthetic Gecko technology developed by BAE Systems, Spider-Man is no longer needed to get you out of a sticky situation. Scientist have a made something called "The Spidey Suit," featuring small robotic arms encased in microphone-equipped modules that sends and receive ultrasonic reflection from adjacent objects. It’s only a matter of time before you, too, can do whatever a spider can.


Harvard engineers are working on a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of soldiers in the field. The smart suit improves body’s resistance to injuries. The suit will be lightweight, efficient and nonrestrictive with wearable assistive devices including a stretchable sensor that monitors the body’s biomechanics. 

Iron Man

NASA’s X1 robotic exoskeleton could be a real life superhero suit. It is designed to help astronauts maintain muscle health in space. X1, which space agency compares to Iron Man, has potential applications on Earth, including rehabilitation and offloading large amounts of weight from the wearer. 


Matt Murdock’s “radar sense” from the Daredevil comics allows him to detect people and objects around him. In a similar vein, Madrid’s Universidad Carlos III allows the visually impaired to navigate their surroundings using a pair of micro-monitors. The headgear allows to communicate to its user in real time, using color to denote distance. 


A real Superman shirt that’s as tough as Superman himself! Scientists have developed a way of bulking up an ordinary T-shirt to create a wearable armor. Splicing the carbon in the cotton with boron, the third hardest material on this planet, increases the fabric’s toughness. It's the same material used to shield military tanks.