That guy is going to get really wealthy, quick. I can't believe a product of that performance hasn't been created/mass-marketed before.
I'm sure the guy will get competition pretty quick from the likes of Makita, Milwaukee, DeWalt, Hurst and other industrial tool manufacturers.
"the ATLAS Powered Rope Ascender: Pulling Soldier Mobility into the 3rd Dimension
The Rope Ascender created by Atlas Devices is a powerful new tool that enables "reverse rappelling" up buildings and other vertical surfaces at unprecedented speeds.
Using Atlas's patented rope interaction design, the lightweight Rope Ascender can pull a fully-loaded soldier up a rappelling line at up to 10 ft/sec, as well as tow vehicles and even remotely move equipment and casualties.
With the capability to reach the top of a building or cliff in only seconds, new advantages are gained in urban warfare, rescue operations, and beyond."
Very cool. You have to watch the videos.
Heard about this on CBC Radio Editors Choice podcast.