Who says superheros only exist on the telly and in comic books?
With these simple gadgets and hacks, you too could boast superpowers, and not have to fall into a vat of chemicals to achieve that status either. That tends to have many other possible effects.
Be like: Daredevil
What has a rat got to do with it? Plenty. Scientists at Duke University have been developing brain implants that allow lab rats to see infrared light, in the hope of being able to augment the brain and re-tune portions of it to receive information it otherwise might not be able to.
Think Daredevil's heightened senses. Unless we get ourselves into an accident involving toxic waste, or have been training our senses since the moment we exited the womb instead of spending all that time watching TV, we’ll never even come close. Enter brain implants to improve your sense of smell, sight, hearing and touch - it's the next best thing.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. We could be hearing whispers from behind a closed door ten blocks away in no time.
Be like: The Incredible Hulk
The green beast is known for his ability to lift. And you probably can’t benchpress past your own weight at best. But strap on this exoskeleton and you’ll be lifting weights of up to 50 kg in each extended hand.
Developed by Italian engineers at Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (Percro) at Pisa's Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, the mechanical suit of arms was designed for the greater purpose of clearing rubble in disaster zones, in line with your noble superhero intentions. But who says you can’t lift a car for kicks during your days off?
Be like: Aquaman
Unless you're pirate extraordinaire Guybrush Threepwood, an average human can’t hold his breath past 30 seconds. And even with an oxygen tank strapped to your back, you can’t stay underwater beyond its capacity.
A South Korean designer over at Yanko Design has come up with a mask that allows you to outlast everyone else underwater. Called the Triton Oxygen Mask, it takes inspiration from fish gills, separating oxygen from water while diving through microscopic holes in its filter. That means you can potentially stay underwater for as long as you want, even if you're a heavy breather.
Be like: Superman
So what if Clark Kent has the power of flight? He sure doesn’t have a cool-looking jetpack strapped to his back.
If you’ve been dreaming of lift-off ever since you could, well, walk, the Martin Jetpack is the answer to your lofty dreams. Okay, not so much the blasting off from Earth bit, but hovering around your enemies and laughing maniacally is a possibility with this enabler. It can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes, and reach speeds of 74km/h and altitudes of 243m. Just remember to come back down to Earth in 30 minutes, it doesn't have infinite flight like the Man of Steel.
Be like: Magneto
Always wanted to move things from across the room to your fingertips? You can now if you’re willing to take the plunge and surgically insert magnetic implants into your fingers. Yes, you can pull metal objects to your hands like the Master of Magnetism himself.
Biohackers claim that having the implant would allow the implantee to detect invisible magnetic fields via vibrations, pick up metal objects, and determine if certain metals are ferrous should you be in the mood for iron-mining. We’re not sure about the metal feels, but the fact that we can remotely pull the, well, remote control to us more than justifies the means.