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Super Hero Tech: With great toys comes great responsibility

Spy sunglassesMany of our beloved superheroes rely on high tech toys to fight crime. The most obvious (and best) example is Batman. The concept behind the hero is simple: What if a man motivated to fight for justice was also wealthy enough to purchase — or create — the "wonderful toys"  he needed to clean up the streets?

Chances are you don't have Bruce Wayne's resources, but that doesn't mean you can't feel like a crime fighter with some of today's coolest hero tech gadgets — not to mention throwing in a vigorous workout to make sure your body is super as well.

This list is in no way an endorsement of the Real Life Super Heroes movement. America already has real life superheroes; they're called police officers, firefighters, soldiers, nurses, and anyone else who is in the business of helping people. If you think you can do better than these people, have your head examined. If you want to have a little fun daydreaming about being a superhero, keep reading.

1. Eyes in the back of your head

Ever try to sneak up on a spider? It's tough.
The same goes for The Amazing Spider-Man. One of his less heralded powers is his Spider Sense. It may not be as flashy as web slinging, but a good superhero is always aware of his or her surroundings. You can be, too.

These Deluxe Spy Sunglasses from Brick House Security let you see what's going on behind you. Not a bad superpower to have for only $29.95.

Taser

2. Street level stopping power

Batman swore an oath never to use firearms, but that hasn't stopped him from outfitting his utility belt with non-lethal projectile weapons over the years. One of the more common devices used by the World's Greatest Detective (did you know Batman is, first and foremost, a detective?) is a taser. You don't have to be Batman to carry one.

For under $400 you can buy the Black Taser C2 complete with two cartridges from Spy Gadgets. Allowed in most states, tasers such as this one deliver 50,000 volts via razor-sharp darts. This one comes with a laser sight, a training cartridge and target for practice, two live cartridges and a holster. Its seller claims it can stop an attacker from 15 feet.

Goggles

3. See in the dark

The Owl is a little-known villain who likes to hassle Daredevil and Spider-Man. One of the ways he does this is by using his ability to see in the dark.

With a pair of night vision goggles, you can have this power, too. You can find devices that allow you to see better in the dark for a variety of prices, some quite low. But if you want that superhero feel you need to go with something like the Sightmark Ghost Hunter Night Vision Goggle Kit. The kit automatically shuts off when exposed to bright light, has a lifetime warranty, and provides hands-free operation for extended surveillance.

Body transformation

4. Body transformation

You know what Captain America and Batman have in common? They don't have super powers. Both men have achieved the pinnacle of human physical conditioning so that they are better suited to face their toughest foes. (You could say Cap took the easy way out by being injected with a super serum, but whatever.)

To be super you must first, well, BE super. You can accomplish this through any variety of diet and exercise programs. But Men's Fitness has done some of the work for you. Their web-exclusive Superhero Workout  is designed to give you The Hulk's chest and shoulders, forearms like Wolverine and speed like The Flash.

Brick House SecurityBrick House Security Alarm

5. Be heard

The Marvel Character Black Bolt is known as one of the many superheroes capable of a sonic scream. If you're not sure of your own screaming abilities you may want a device that can be activated in times of danger to give you the most important tool in a superhero arsenal: Backup.

Personal alarms such as this one emit ear-piercing blasts that can scare off attackers and draw help from your fellow citizens. This one even has an integrated Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensor. Not bad for the price of an average lunch ($12.95).

Note: This was written by Victor Paul Alvarez, a Digital Crave contributor.
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