If you happen to’ve ever watched a Batman film or performed Simply Trigger, you’ve in all probability thought “wow, utilizing a grappling hook could be a lot enjoyable.” YouTuber Constructed IRL, whose identify is JT, thought so too — and he’s been engaged on making that occur for the previous yr. The top result’s a grappling hook gun that capabilities fairly equally to those we’ve seen in films and video games.
As you’ll see within the video above, this new grappling gun is extra spectacular than many earlier makes an attempt. For one factor, it’s self-contained — the whole unit matches on his arm, together with the CO2-powered blasting mechanism that shoots the hook utilizing customary cartridges, and a very highly effective 10,000W motor that’s correctly quick and may utterly pull him up into the air. (He exhibits off some earlier historic makes an attempt to construct such a gadget, and undoubtedly looks like his hook would win the grappling gun race.)
Not like another DIY grappling hooks, JT’s contraption can even carry him again all the way down to earth. He can management his course and pace with a wheel close to his thumb.
It’s also possible to see a few of the real-world limitations of a grapple gun, ones that Batman by no means needed to take care of since he’s a piece of fiction. The machine may be laborious to manage — partly as a result of JT’s making an attempt to make use of his thumb whereas additionally supporting all his weight with one hand. For probably the most half, he makes use of it connected to a harness, so the influence of being yanked up into the air may be unfold throughout his entire physique as an alternative of being dragged by a single arm. (Simply interested by that makes my shoulders damage.)
It additionally seems that wrapping a grappling hook round no matter you’re making an attempt to climb isn’t as simple because it appears in Overwatch or Titanfall 2. That’s very true when it’s being fired out of one thing connected to your arm.
Regardless of the drawbacks, the machine nonetheless works shockingly properly for one thing so small, and it’s superior to see a undertaking like this come collectively. He’s additionally engaged on a version of Spider-Man’s web shooters, and his success with the grappling gun makes me suppose he may very well have a shot.
If you wish to see the origins of the undertaking, you’ll be able to take a look at the video JT made with Hacksmith Industries in November 2019. If you wish to see the whole construct course of, you’ll be able to additionally take a look at this playlist of videos detailing the project’s evolution.