Gigglebit: human fireworks display (video)

26 Aug 2014

Still from 'FIREWORK SAFETY SUIT-Stand INSIDE a fireworks display' by colinfurze on YouTube

Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily dose of the funny and fantastic in science and tech, to help start your day on a lighter note.

Like any sector, technology has a serious side, and it is often issues within this serious side that make headlines or that organisations need to explore for their business. Malware! Data breaches! Cloud storage! Do I really need this software? Which candidate has the best IT skills for this job? And what the heck is fog computing?

With Gigglebit, we turn the spotlight on humorous and/or amazing content about science and tech, because sometimes the lighter side should be taken seriously, too.

Today, we bring you the latest creation from Colin Furze, the internet’s mad scientist in residence.

Furze has been featured on before when his fully automatic Wolverine claws caught our attention (how could they not?).

Though this and other inventions dreamed up by Furze have been inspired by comic-book characters, he makes sure to let us know that his firework-proof metal suit is not his attempt at being Iron Man.

In actual fact, the suit looks more like an evil Gumby, though its menace is lessened when Furze bounces around inside it with excitement. Perhaps you’d be excited too if you were about to become the centrepoint of a fireworks display. Frankly, I’d be terrified.

For details on how Furze made this monstrosity through hydroforming, which uses high-pressure water to shape metal, check out this explainer video.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.