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X-Men style shoes let you walk on the ceiling

PTI  Washington, May 25, 2014
First Published: 18:43 IST(25/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:49 IST(25/5/2014)

A British inventor has developed X-Men style magnetic shoes that let users walk upside down.

To create the shoes inspired by X-Men's Magneto, Colin Furze drilled holes in an old pair and fitted the sole of each shoe with an electromagnet.

When the magnets proved to be too weak, he headed to the local scrap yard, located an abandoned microwave, and removed the transformer, CNET reported. 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 hold his 80kg 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.

Magneto, the primary villain of the X-Men comics, can use his powers to manipulate electromagnetic fields and move objects around with his mind.

Furze has also created real-life Wolverine claws. The blades both deploy and retract automatically at the touch of a button held in the hand.


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