Real-life Batman Utility Belt (Video)
All I can say is, I want one! This battery-powered Batman-like rope ascender was created by an MIT student named Nathan Ball for the Lemelson-MIT contest. It can lift 250 pounds 50 feet into the air in about 5 seconds.
With the help of Ball’s ATLAS Powered Rope Ascender, a fully loaded firefighter could reach the top of a 30-story building in only 30 seconds, compared to the six minutes or more it often takes to trudge up stairs with 80 to 100 pounds of equipment. The device, which is the size of a hand-held power tool, can lift a 250-pound load more than 600 feet into the air at nearly 10 feet per second, all on a single battery charge.
MIT Graduate STudents Wins $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Life-Saving Inventions (Via Techeblog)