Whether it is Fall of the Titans or Batman, grappling hooks that you point, shoot, and then push you away have been in our collective minds practically forever. But reality is much more challenging to achieve than video games and comic books lead you to believe. Now a YouTube channel is being dubbed Built IRL has an almost practical view. Almost.
When you think of the small handheld device as seen in Batman: The Animated Series, reduce your expectations a bit. For one, those grappling hooks look bigger inside, since they̵
The grappling hook JT, from Built IRL, must deal with real-world physics. But all things considered, it is surprisingly small and self-contained. You wear it on your forearm and you don’t need an external battery or even a separate device to shoot the hook. He developed it in a year, starting with an internship at the Hacksmith Youtube Channel.
And this grappling hook goes way beyond most other attempts at the idea. It can lift and take you down, you only need one unit to both shoot and take off, and it contains the rope. That last detail probably limits the length of the rope a bit, but JT still manages to climb a tree and climb to the top of some rock climbing walls. More importantly, it does so in seconds instead of minutes, unlike other grappling hooks.
The channel has a full line of build videos detailing how JT designed the thing, and he’s already working on one Spider Man web shooter too. But if you just want to see the glorious end results, check out his latest video. It’s probably the closest you can get to feeling like a superhero.