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The Big Picture: Inflated steel suit gets you up close and personal with fireworks


Making things -- it's pretty awesome whatever you're creating. But, some things really encapsulate the maker spirit -- and this is one of them. It's an "inflatable" (or rather, inflated) steel suit, designed so you can enjoy the next fireworks display up close. Real close. Like the inside, kinda close. Its creator, Colin Furze, welded together sheets of steel, and hydroformed them into shape in sections. He originally tried doing the suit in one go, but the joints apparently tore at his "man bits." As you can imagine, mobility is a bit of an issue, but you'll see in the video -- there's a knack to it that Furze soon picked up. Anyway, the making of the suit is one thing, but you probably want to know what it's like to use it among £500's worth (about $830) of fireworks? Luckily enough there's a video of exactly that (from inside and outside perspectives), and it's just a click away.

[Burley images]

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