Viridian Note 00173: Fossil Fuel ShoesBruce Sterling [email@example.com]
Attention Conservation Notice: Another installment in the ongoing Viridian weird-footwear fetish.
Links: Design your own custom athletic shoe online and have it built in Asia! http://www.customatix.com New running shoes with built-in inline skates! http://streetflyers.com/ Still booting up to become the Intel of footwear: http://www.theelectricshoeco.com/
(((Unlike the power-generating "Neal Gernshenfeld shoe" and "Trevor Baylis shoe," this anti-Viridian gas-gobbling shoe adds directly to the Greenhouse burden. It's also powerful enough to fling you all over the landscape.)))
"Gas-Powered Shoes in Russia
By ANDREW KRAMER Associated Press Writer
"MOSCOW (AP) == His fashion sense isn't as elegant as
"Kunikov is one of the professors at a Russian
engineering institute who designed the boots that were
tested Tuesday in a public square in Ufa, 750 miles
southeast of Moscow.
"The test showed that wearers can achieve speeds of
up to 25 mph, Kunikov said in a telephone interview.
"The boots incorporate one-foot pistons that strap along the calf and fire downward after the wearer steps
down, pushing a metal plate away from the bottom of the
"The shoe works in a rhythm with the wearer's step.
As he steps down, his body weight resets the piston, which
then fires and pushes him on his way. The plate is
connected to the sole of the shoe by metal rods that work
as shock absorbers. The shoes use ordinary gasoline,
Kunikov said. (...)
"The shoes weigh about two pounds each, including a fuel tank, tiny carburetor, spark plug and wires and pipes. Kunikov said there have not been any accidents so far."
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