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Atlas Rope Ascender

by Owyn / March 12, 2007 10:13 PM PDT

"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."
http://www.atlasdevices.com/

Very cool. You have to watch the videos.

Heard about this on CBC Radio Editors Choice podcast.
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/editorschoice_20070313_1850.mp3
http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/editorschoice.xml
http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/

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Great for firefighting and high-angle rescue efforts too!..
by shawnlin / March 13, 2007 12:30 AM PDT
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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.

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There is VC involvement, suspect major opportunity for...
by Owyn / March 13, 2007 12:48 AM PDT

licensing or buyout.

Check the CVs of the prime players on the site.

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