Human Fly | Vaccum Cleaner Man
“I came across the idea for the vacuum cleaners when I was doing a challenge to make superhuman powers out of junk,” says Jem, an aeronautics scientist
Making strange inventions is not unusual for the 39 year-old. When companies need weird inventions, they turn to Jem to make them.
He has created special effects for movies (Lost in Space and Van Helsing) and special exhibits for Science Museums.
He is credited with inventing the first air-powered motorcycle and has won the New Scientist Award for inventing boots that walk on water.
In the Spider-Man comics and movies, mild-mannered Peter Parker finds himself able to climb up the side of buildings after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
In real life, enterprising scientist Jem Stansfield got the same effect from two vacuum cleaners he bought at Tesco.
He adapted the household appliances” motors into giant sucker pads, then used them to crawl up a 30ft wall
“I worked out the vacuum cleaners could support my weight.
“I attached pads roughly the size of tea trays to the nozzle and realised they pressed tightly against the wall and could hold me.
“Activities like this can teach children that if you understand the world around you, you can make it work for you.
“Normal boring day-to-day objects can do exciting things for you.”