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SATURDAY, AUG 27, 2005  |  6 comments
Scale buildings in a single bound


PowerQuick® Lifting Device Demonstration

SPIDERMAN does it, so does James Bond. Now a gadget has been developed to allow US marines to zip up the sides of buildings or ships with virtually no effort.

All you do is fire a rope to the top of the structure using a harpoon gun or grappling hook, and then fit the rope into the device, called PowerQuick, which attaches to your climbing harness. Then just sit back and squeeze a lever.

PowerQuick has been developed by Quoin International based in Carson City, Nevada, and can lift a load of 145 kilograms at a rate of 1 metre per second. A battery-powered motor turns a series of wheels and cogs to pull the rope through the device. One battery charge is enough to scale the Statue of Liberty five times, or 250 metres in total. If you let go of the device it automatically stops and holds its position, and it can also be used for a slow controlled descent. ...


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wc  
silly comment Mike.
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News Item8/28/05 6:57 PM
Mike | New York  
What? Superman isn't real?
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News Item8/28/05 6:02 PM
wc  
That "guy in metropolis" did not exist,he was just a comic book hero,hence the figment of someones imagination,and made in to a film with special effects.
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News Item8/28/05 2:35 PM
Arthur | Scotland  
There was a guy in Metropolis who wore a red cape, blue tights and red bootees, used to do it without any strings attached. Mind you dressed like that you would need a fast getaway!!
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News Item8/27/05 7:57 PM
Chris M | Australia  
....and when the top hook lets go?
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News Item8/27/05 5:40 PM
Jim | Nebraska  
Finally, something for couch potatoes to scale buildings with. ;-)
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