We’d all love to have the powers of comic book superheroes and, thanks to technology, there are a few gadgets out there that could see you channelling your inner Batman, writes Felicity Glover.
Step into the future and a world of superpowers at the flick of a muscle with the Thalmic Labs Myo Armband. Fans of Minority Report will be familiar with the technology, but wearing the lightweight elastic armband means you have control over a range of Bluetooth connected devices, such as computers, music and even Parrot drones. The armband works by reading the electrical activity of your muscles and the motion of your arm, meaning you’ll never have to do something so mundane as typing on your keyboard again. At www.amazon.com from RO76.6.
Channel your inner Hulk (remember he could travel kilometres in just one jump?) and get a good workout at the same time in a pair of Kangoo Jumps. While they might look a little odd, they provide a fun, low-impact workout that is meant to burn twice the calories in half the time. Judging by The Hulk’s gargantuan muscles, we suspect he had inbuilt Kangas in his feet. For humans though, jumping has never been such fun – or healthy. At www.amazon.com from RO95.8.
Superman may have had the ability to see through walls thanks to his X-ray vision but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of this ability via modern technology. The Seek Thermal Compact XR Camera is a cool device that clips onto your iPhone and turns thermal energy, or infrared light, into a visible image on your phone. With a range of up to 550m, it has a detectable range of -40°C to 330°F and can track wildlife and even intruders in your home at night. At www.amazon.com from RO76.6.
Forget Luke Cage, the bulletproof superhero, or even that heavy human invention known as the Kevlar suit. These days, the stylish man about town can invest in their own Garrison Bespoke Bulletproof Suit. Developed in conjunction with suppliers for the US 19th Special Forces, Garrison says the suit uses nanotechnology that is based on carbon nanotubes used in US troops’ uniforms in Iraq. This means the suit is lightweight and flexible – and 50 per cent lighter than a Kevlar suit. At www.garrisonbespoke.com and Price on application.
App of the Week
Put your memory to the test and try to remember every superhero that’s saved the world. As you level up, the images – which are shown as pop art-style artwork, such as those by Andy Warhol and Lichtenstein, become harder to recognise while you also need to spell their names correctly. With more than 120 heroes to name, it’s a blast to the past and also a nod to our modern-day heroes. Free at iTunes.
– By Alvin Thomas
If history teaches us anything, it is that no Batman game has ever been rated subpar. However, if there’s even the slightest chance for something like that to happen, it has to be with this Batman- Telltale Series game. Why? For starters, this is not your everyday action-packed third-person simulation game that users have grown to love and admire. For the first time ever, Batman becomes the protagonist of a story-telling and interactive mission.
Against all odds, however, this first episode of Telltale’s Batman series, entitled Realm of Shadows actually impresses with its exciting and intricate storyline and unpredictable plotline.
What the game successfully does is to divulge players with the social pressures that Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, has to undergo on a daily basis. There’s something oddly satisfying about making decisions for somebody else. What’s even more impressive is that in the start of the game, you’re only starting off your career as Batman so you can singlehandedly choose what sort of a Batman Bruce must become, such as ruthless, politicised or a mixture of both.
Simple commands let you choose the actions. However, because you only get a few seconds to make your decisions, you will almost certainly find yourself grinding your teeth from the outset.
The game is quite complex as you are forced to fight a war between what you would personally desire and what Bruce would do, although that’s also where the charm of the game lies. This is accompanied by fluidic, superb comic-style graphics and makes way for a lot of good times behind your TV. Remember, once you’re done with the game, you can even go back and try your hand at changing the final chapter for an alternative ending.
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