The Mad Scientist: these are YouTube star Colin Furze’s craziest inventions
Colin recently revealed his latest project: a 5.5-metre-tall replica of an All Terrain Armoured Transport, otherwise known as a four-legged AT-AT combat walker from Rogue One.
The Walker can move its head and people can even take a look inside via a ramp that slides out at the touch of a button, where it’s been kitted out in true Star Wars style.
Here’s some of the craziest inventions that have helped make Colin an internet star.
The ejector bed
Are you the sort of person who hits snooze several times in the morning before reluctantly hauling yourself out of bed to get ready for work? Then Colin’s “High Voltage Ejector Bed” will be just the thing for you. As its name suggests, this contraption literally throws people out of bed using pneumatic pumps as well as visual and audio signals to ensure you’re fast on your feet.
Generations of teenagers have dreamt of hoverboards ever since Marty McFly rode one to escape from Biff Tannen and the gang in the Back to the Future trilogy. Sadly, although some companies have developed prototypes, they remain in the realms of science fiction for now. Never one to shirk a challenge, Colin has developed his own brand of hover vehicle – a “hoverbike” based on the speeder bikes from Star Wars. The hoverbike consists of two powerful engines, a light metal frame and a rotor at each end to help lift it into the air.
A 360-degree garden swing
Furze suffers from vertigo and to overcome this, he built a swing in his garden. Being an eccentric inventor, a typical garden variety just wouldn’t do, so he constructed a huge overhead swing standing at close to ten metres tall, with the capability of 360-degree turns. Colin doesn’t use any fancy electronics or gadgets to propel himself, either, solely using his own muscle power
Stomp O Matic waste squeezer
It’s a common problem: there’s still a few days to go until the rubbish is collected, but your bin is already full. Well, Colin’s here to the rescue again with his potentially-revolutionary “Stomp O Matic waste squeezer”. For this, he attached a motor to the sawn-off legs of a mannequin. The legs then pump up and down extremely quickly, pressing the waste down in the bin to create room for more rubbish. However, his design might not hit supermarket shelves in the near future, as the legs later went up in flames
Furze is a huge X-Men fan, and his favourite is the mutant Magneto, who has the power to manipulate magnetic fields to achieve a wide range of effects. Although Colin can’t expect to develop those powers, he did manage to walk upside down on his ceiling using magnetic boots. For this experiment, he took two very strong magnets from some microwaves, and placed them under his shoes. He connected a long cable to each one so that he could manipulate the attraction of the magnet and trigger his shoes to move forward. He managed to succeed, though it wasn’t quite as fast as in the movies.
Wolverine for a day
Did we mention that Furze is huge “X-Men”-Fan? Obviously he also recreated the famous claws of Wolverine, arguably the coolest Mutant in the “X-Men”-Universe. To be fair, his claws aren’t made of adamantium and he doesn’t look like Actor Hugh Jackman. But thanks to air pressure, his steel-claws pull out as fast as the comic-figures originals.
You can find all of Colin Furze’s inspired inventions on his official YouTube channel, which has over four million subscribers.