[VIDEO] Dude Builds Real-Life Magneto Shoes And Starts Walking On The Ceiling
Remember the insanely brilliant dude who built the fully automatic Wolverine claws in his garage? He promised more DIY X-Men iconic superpowers in the coming days, and he just came through in a big way.
This week’s insanity: shoes that magnetically let him walk across the ceiling, in honor of Magneto
Magneto has the ability to move metal with his mind. Colin spent a week making his somewhat freaky footwear out of microwave parts, which allow him to walk upside down along metal ceilings.
The dad-of-one said: "The shoes are great fun but it is rather bizarre trying to walk upside down, you have to really force your feet on to the ceiling. It's rather nerve-racking because if the electricity fails the magnets won't work and I will fall."express.co.uk
"I think the shoes could be useful for beating the queues at a railway station by walking over the top of everyone's heads or running along the side of buildings in busy shopping streets."gizmodo.com
So how does it all work?
To create his shoes, Furze drilled holes in an old pair of Vans and fitted the sole of each shoe with an electromagnet. When the magnets proved to be too weak, he took things to the next level by heading to the local scrap yard, locating an abandoned microwave, and removing the transformer.techcrunch.com
Furze admits that there were easier ways to get a strong electromagnet -- like buying one -- but he also confesses to being a "tight git" and not wanting to "spend loads of money on massive powerful magnets."cnet.com
So, once the transformer was freed from its microwave, Furze sawed it up to get at the magnetic coil it contained, ran some current through it, and found that the coil could easily hold his 176-pound frame. Custom-made plates attached to the magnets with straps that wrapped around his shoes were next, then came switches for each shoe that could cut the current and allow him to move one foot in the front of the other. The rest is ceiling-walking history.mashable.com
Maybe it’s not quite as cool as full control over anything metal — but it’s still absolutely bonkers