PowerQuick: Here Comes The Spider-Man

Some call it industrial mountaineering or technical rope access, but Virgin.net calls it by the more technical term: "Spiderman Climbing." Granted, the PowerQuick does give you superhero-like abilities. It motors around 320 lbs. up the side of a building at speeds of one yard per second. It's battery-powered, and one charge can take you to the top of the Statue of Liberty—five times. Originally developed for DARPA, there are now two versions of the Powerquick. One is for commercial purposes (yawn!), and the other takes solid fuel and is intended for hostage rescue and urban warfare. Unintended third use: Circumventing the office elevator bank.

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