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X-Men fan walks on the ceiling using magnets


Posted on Sunday, 25 May, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

Furze uses string to help him lift the shoes off the ceiling for each footstep. Image Credit: YouTube / Colin Furze
Eccentric inventor Colin Furze has successfully built Magneto-inspired shoes that stick to the ceiling.
A long-time fan of the X-Men comics and in particular the metal-manipulating villain Magneto, Furze decided to build a pair of shoes that would allow him to walk on any surface using nothing but the power of magnets.

It took the 34-year-old just one week to put together the unusual footwear using parts scavenged from a microwave oven. The shoes feature an electromagnet based on the microwave's transformer and are powered using a car battery.

"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," he said. "It's rather nerve-racking because if the electricity fails the magnets won't work and I will fall."

While the invention is undeniably cool, it might be some time before the idea catches on.

"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," said Furze.


Comments (17)

Tags: X-Men, Magneto


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by RoofGardener on 25 May, 2014, 21:16
And of course, we ALL have metal ceilings ?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Joe2112 on 26 May, 2014, 19:29
This guy needs a girlfriend.
Comment icon #10 Posted by alfonso on 27 May, 2014, 7:47
why would you want to walk on a ceiling anyway ? that's what floors are for..
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 27 May, 2014, 12:05
Lionel Richie did this back in the 80s. (walking on ceiling and up walls) Anyone else remember?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 27 May, 2014, 14:48
This guy's hilarious. I wish I had time on my hands to goof around with stuff like that
Comment icon #13 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 29 May, 2014, 14:03
Why do I have the feeling this guy was the inspiration behind the franchise "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"?
Comment icon #14 Posted by rashore on 29 May, 2014, 14:35
This guy needs a girlfriend. They guy is married with a kid.. You think he needs a girlfriend as well?
Comment icon #15 Posted by JVG on 29 May, 2014, 16:33
And of course, we ALL have metal ceilings ? Doesn't everyone !!!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Mr. ET on 7 June, 2014, 23:52
This is neat but I really like his pyro device the best.
Comment icon #17 Posted by RoofGardener on 8 June, 2014, 0:19
Doesn't everyone !!! Tinfoil doesn't count !


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