Gloves turn you into Spider-man

by Mark R

spideygloves-thumb-530x298-21321Sure, we all wish that we could climb walls like Tobey Maguire in Spider-man, but Jem Stansfield actually did it. Jem didn’t have little razor things come out of his hands, either, but used vacuum gloves.

As you can see from the attached video (after the jump), Jem’s vacuum gloves really sucked. That is, he was able to attach them to a sheer surface. The particular building that he was climbing was smooth enough to allow him to work.

Of course, you may notice the high amount of safety lifelines around him. The man has more wires on him than a marionette. I certainly don’t think that Mr. Stansfield was being over-cautious. He’s got quite a get-up on, and I don’t really want to see him fall.

Too bad he didn’t have any vacuum boots for his feet. I’m guessing he had to use all of his arm-strength to accomplish this climb, and I am sure that was quite difficult.

This demonstration of the vacuum gloves was performed for a new BBC science show called Bang Goes the Theory. I suppose that Mr. Stansfield was attempting to show that man could climb walls like a spider after all.

Perhaps someone could make a smaller version of these vacuum gloves, and then mass-market them. If so, be prepared for a whole new definition of traffic as New York City becomes filled with many spider-men who literally climb walls to get to work.


5 reviews or comments Says: July 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

seems someone perfected that adam savage design.

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Would be great to read this article, but as with the rest of the site an advert ruins it by popping open, blocking the top right corner of the page and most content, making the first 2 paragraphs unreadable!

Stupid advert, can this be fixed?

Paul Says: July 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

He wasn’t using arm strength entirely. If you look closely at the photo he has straps from the vacuum gloves to his legs so he can support his body weight normally.

herzog Says: July 29, 2009 at 7:19 am

no extra arm-strength here. he uses the foot straps. : )

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