Grav Suit

Hi, friends! Sorry I haven't written my blog for the past couple days. I've been doing a paper on the ubiquitous Super(H/V) hardware known as a Grav Suit - or more properly for today's users, Anti-Grav Suits.

A couple of the reference books I picked up went into rather boring detail as to the mechanics of such suits, but I couldn't understand the physics behind them.

The history, though, is relatively interesting! Grav Suits were first created by Bally Total Fitness clubs in the early '90s. Essentially they provided and adjustable amount of extra weight for the person wearing them. They had a very low-profile - at the time, they were the size of a cigarette pack, usually clipped to a person's belt. That meant that the wearer could be having themselves lug around an extra hundred pounds, which meant walking to the water cooler would burn off that many extra calories.

In 2002, developers at Denetaview Labs finally made the announcement that they had switched the polarity on the suits, which technically made them Anti-Grav, though no one calls them that. Many of the books I've read claim that such a simple switch must have been possible before then, and I'm sure that must be true. The product is currently made by Extris, the company that sells such Super(H/V) items as TreeForce, among other things.

Personally, I'm not that fond of Grav Suits. On Tuesday, just after I turned in my paper, Magnum flew over the street I was on. He must have been turned just right, because the signature pressure effect that is caused by the suit, passed right over me. I dropped the bag of groceries I was carrying and had to go back to the store to pick up another dozen eggs. Do you think I could go to small claims court over that?

- Amy Toliver, SuperFanBlog.net

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