Super-villain watch is an attempt to catalogue all the suspect science and technology research going on out there that could easily wind up in the pages of a comic book or a B-movie film. The story is always the same. With some hyperbole — poor scientist out to do good creates technology, world does not appreciate scientist’s genius, scientist turns technology on world to take his revenge. A discussion for another time is why do all the supervillains out there seem to have advanced degrees? I have a suspicion it is the PhD process, but we’ll get to a deeper analysis some other time.
Part IV’s super-villain watch takes very little of a mental leap to imagine a turn to the dark side.
“The suit, called SpiderSense and built by Victor Mateevitsi of the University of Illinois in Chicago has small robotic arms packaged in modules with microphones that send out and pick up ultrasonic reflections from objects. When the ultrasound detects someone moving closer to the microphone, the arms respond by exerting a growing pressure on the body. Seven of these modules are distributed across the suit to give the wearer as near to 360 degree ultrasound coverage as possible.”
This is exactly how super villains are created.
“Mateevitsi tested the suit out on students, getting them to stand outside on campus, blindfolded, and “feel” for approaching attackers. Each wearer had ninja cardboard throwing stars to use whenever they sensed someone approaching them. “Ninety five per cent of the time they were able to sense someone approaching and throw the star at them,” says Mateevitsi.”