Hibiki Kono A.K.A Spiderboy

By Meera Dolasia on July 3, 2010

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Like most young boys, 13-year old Hibiki Kono always dreamt about scaling walls like his favorite Superhero, Spiderman - So, when the opportunity arose, he decided to invent his own wall climbing machine.

The youngster who attends King's Cross College at Cambridge, was inspired by a similar device built on an episode of a British Television Show, called Bang Goes The Theory.

Therefore, when asked to build a project of his choice in a technology design class, he knew exactly what to do.

He started with attaching the nozzles of two vacuum cleaners to individual pads, so that when the machines were switched on with the pads pressed tightly against the wall, a powerful suction effect would be created enabling them to 'stick' to the wall.

He then re-enforced the pads to give them increased grip and make each one strong enough to support his weight. Finally, he attached each pad to a stirrup, onto which he could rest his feet as he climbed up.

To scale the wall, Hibiki alternatively switched on the vacuum cleaners, so that one of his hands was free to scale up, while the other remained firmly suctioned to the wall.

It took the young boy five months to build this contraption, but all that hard work was well worth it, when he climbed the school wall last week, in front of his entire school. Not only was he the envy of the aspiring Superheroes at his school, but also, all across the world. His only complaint? Proud as she is, his mother will not allow him to climb the walls of his room!

sources: huffingtonpost.com, trendhunter.com

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  • kamden.s3/12/2011
    you got to be kidding me!!!
    • kamden.s3/12/2011
      you got to be kidding me!!!
      • joshua li3/12/2011
        the best!!!!!
        • cheney3/7/2011
          only if i could do that
          • decook202/25/2011
            wow He's just missing the suit
            • vetgirl
              vetgirl2/20/2013
              he totally needs a suit
            • decook202/25/2011
              wow He's just missing the suit
              • Daisy2/22/2011
                So neat!!!!!!
                • UFOS R REAL2/22/2011
                  that kid has really good imagination. i hope everyone can do the same! :)
                  • vetgirl
                    vetgirl2/20/2013
                    ya right u got to be joking i could not do that like who would get the idea of using a vacume cleaner to climb walls like who?
                  • TI TI1/27/2011
                    If I could reach a wall I would love it.
                    • vetgirl
                      vetgirl2/20/2013
                      i know right
                    • gigi1/27/2011
                      I wish I could do that too.It looks like fun stuff to do.

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