13 Year Old Spider Boy Scales Walls Using Recycled Vacuums

by , 07/01/10
filed under: DIY, green gadgets, Innovation

Hibiki Kono had a dream — he wanted to be like his hero, Spiderman. Most little kids would have their parents buy them a costume that they could wear to school. Not Kono — the 13 year-old set to work making his dream a reality. He’s used two 1,400-watt recycled vacuum cleaners and a little bit of elbow grease to make a machine that allows him to scale walls — just like his spindly hero!

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This DIY genius was shunned at first. When he announced his plans his teachers and parents were doubtful that he’d succeed. Kono’s design technology teacher, Angus Gent, told reporters, “I’m hugely proud of him. When he came to me with the idea at the beginning I had my doubts.” But to the surprise and delight of his community, the 13 year-old’s design was successful and Kono says he completely trusts the machine to hold him up on any wall.

However, his mom’s not so sure, she won’t let him climb the walls in his bedroom for fear that he, “may pull down the ceiling.” Kono thinks that the machine could be helpful for window washers, and in some of his demonstrations shows how one could easily use one hand to support themselves on his DIY machine and the other to clean the surface they’re climbing. Kono showed his nifty technology off to a school assembly, but unlike Spiderman, Spiderboy has limitations. His mom won’t let him climb higher than the vacuum cleaner power chords will let him. You see, he’s got to keep his machine plugged in to work.


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  1. ulap July 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

    …great job man…proving the spider-man …you just made history…

  2. ulap July 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    …great job…he wants to prove that spider-man does not end in the comics but in reality too…

  3. Myshel July 21, 2010 at 12:39 am


  4. casals July 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I heard the kid next block is building tentacles from recycled pressure washers. Can’t wait for the showdown.

  5. Keerthan.R.Rao July 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

    It\’s amazing to see how the younger generation is contributing to this world at such a young age.In the future there will many scientists at the age of itself!

  6. Maverick July 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Such negativity. Typical ‘net comments. I am disappointed. How about just giving kudos to the kid for thinking and creating (even if it was from a previous invention)instead of sitting in front of a TV?

    My comment to him would be. “Great job! Now what’s next?”

  7. MikeS July 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    His mom is an intelligent lady.

  8. dianejwright July 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    \”Power chords?\” Funny.

  9. bobm July 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Impractical. No-one would trust ONLY this, so you have to have a security line. If you have a line, why use suction at all?

  10. lolzy July 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    They also did this on \”bang their goes the theorie\” a show on the BBC.

    a similar article of this boy is even on their site 😉

  11. m12ha3l July 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    He told its he saw the design on gadget show . This was not his idea or invention, his dad made it from plans draw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1qoINo2MPMn up by the boys over on the BBC … check it out

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