English Spiderman climbs walls with vacuum cleaner

Jem Stansfield is a great guy. He cobbles together a Spiderman suit with some vacuum cleaners and climbs the outsides of buildings with it. That's just awesome.

From the article:

"I hope activities like this teach children that if you understand the world around you, you can make it work for you," he said.

"Normal boring day-to-day objects can do exciting things for you."

This dude is my new hero. And it gets better. His future plans involve driving a car powered by coffee beans. He's like an alternate universe version of Tim Anderson.

The first video covers the making of the gloves and the second is a climb up the outside of a building.

Link via gizmodo

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jinipet07166 years ago
ok but weres the how to make ad a step to step next time ok cheers ok
 Yay! Best use of a vacuum cleaner, ever.
Not really , cleaning thing is better .
this is one of the best things i have ever seen i so want to do it
Kiteman7 years ago
This was on British TV some time ago.

I have extracted an indirect promise (from his agent) to have a look at joining Instructables.

_SEF_ Kiteman7 years ago
I saw it on TV too.

One big problem with it becoming an instructable, and hence encouraging more people to make and then try their own versions, is that not everyone has easy access to the sort of safety equipment (harness and safety line and extra personnel) which were used as precautions when climbing the building. Also the climbing surface had to be strong, secure and non-detachable (unlike ceiling tiles).

Does instructables have any sort of graded do-not-try-this-at-home classification system? Eg the items where people play with electricity would be more dangerous (require greater initial expertise and careful construction) than ones that just involve playing with plasticine. Or is everyone assumed to be responsible for working that out for themselves?
Kiteman _SEF_7 years ago
This was discussed elsewhere in a fitfully-recurring topic.

Basically, if you're considered capable of using power tools safely, you should be capable of spotting the obvious dangers in any of the projects here, and authors should point out the less-obvious dangers.

The Usual Suspects tend to point out stupid stuff, or highlight missed hazards, but, ultimately, an individual's safety is the individual's own responsibility.

It's in the ToS: Each user must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

_SEF_ Kiteman7 years ago
I don't appear to be able to view that link/thread (? pro users only). However, since the policy seems to be some sort of caveat constructor one, the next stop should be the personal jet pack! (I did search but only found a fake/prop version on here so far.)
kelseymh _SEF_7 years ago
You're right.  The policy, in terms of liability, is essentially that the site administrators are not responsible for how content gets used.  If you're stupid enough, just take yourself out of the gene pool and stop bothering us :-)

But seriously, we have (as Kiteman noted) been trying to encourage the site to have some sort of dangerosity rating or flagging system.

As for the jet packs, the Mythbusters (gotta love 'em!) did a really cool episode on that, and found that you actually could build one, but it wouldn't look like, or act like, the movie versions.  More to the point, there's no failsafe.  What exactly do you do when you're 100 feet up and the engine quits?  Besides fall, I mean...
You know, there are hobby jet-pack Makers out there, and even though NASA was involved for a while, I have never heard of one falling out of the sky.

I guess the peroxide engines are so simple that they just throttle back as they run out of fuel and lower the pilot to the ground?

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