While some students play video games or merely hang out in their spare time, Philadelphia University's Jackson Gordon always has bigger things in mind, including the designs for the functional Batsuit he debuted two weeks ago at Katsucon.
Gordon, an industrial design student, told USA Today his suit can handle anything short of a bullet: punches, machetes, baseball bats, the works. While designing the suit, he made sure it wouldn't inhibit movement, which he is more than happy to demonstrate with a few moves he picked up while earning his black belt in kung fu.
"If this were to inhibit my movement, it would be completely useless," he explained.
In order to fund his pet project, he took to Kickstarter, where he raised $1,255 to purchase supplies like Kevlar and silicone molds. The project took him two months to complete, although he struggled to construct the helmet. The suit weighs 25 pounds.
"It sounds like a lot, and when you have it in a bag over your shoulder it weighs a ton, but when you are actually wearing it, you barely feel it," Gordon said.
He aspires to work in a research and development lab so that he always has a new project to work on.b"So I finished this project last week," he said, "and all this week when I'm done my homework I’m sitting in my dorm like, 'What do I do with my life?'"
Check out more photos of Gordon's Batsuit below. You can find more pictures and information on his Facebook page.