Viridian Note 00426: Foot Augmentation
- Key concepts
- bizarre footgear , odd forms
of muscle-powered transport, jumping boots,
stilts, body armor
- Attention Conservation Notice:
links to bizarre curiosities that may well make a
Segway look as practical as a can-opener.
You probably shouldn't have read that last Viridian Note, the one that
came without any Attention Conservation Notice.
The termite-mound mapping business has got to be one
of the weirdest pitches ever in BUSINESS WEEK.
We couldn't call ourselves Viridian if we didn't
tip the hat to the "Fly-Eating Ecobot."
Tor Kristensen remarks:
"A plum job has landed in my lap here in Copenhagen. We've been
picked to develop 5 simulations on the topic of Extreme Weather and
Climate Change for the European Environmental Agency (EEA).
"Specifically, the simulations are being seen as small 'games' aimed
at a 10-13 year old age range as part of the EcoAgent website.
"The input of the Viridian movement at large could be a big help here!
Topics that EEA would like to be covered in the simulations are:
Air Pollution, Climate Change, Transport, Waste and Chemicals.
"For those with a technical bent, the simulation framework is essentially a
port of the Swarm (Sante Fe Institute) framework, from Java to FlashMX2004,
ActionScript 2.0. Since this is going to be running on any Flash compatible
machine, we have to choose our targets with an eye for ease of computation.
This means modeling at more of an acre level resolution, as opposed to the
inch by inch simulation, and tweaking equations for speed. We?re probably
going to be using a multi-layer isometric interface so that atmosphere, terrain,
and underground models can be composited."
"Question, Comments, Suggestions, and Mad Ideas can be sent to:
David Bostock's Extensive Study of Various Foot Augmentation Devices
By: David Bostock (no email given)
Current and fabulous, but I've not ordered yet.
Velocity Motion Stilts
The AntiGravity dance team has boots
Below are web resources relative to
walking/running/jumping augmentation items,
and possible safety equipment for use with them.
Web page of running augmentation - links page
Stride Augmentation - with links
These devices may be the most nearly safe of currently available
devices for people of low athletic ability . Kangoo Jumps &
Flying Shoes: two brands of jumping shoes that have
large elliptical springs. The "Flying Shoes" feature a boot-like
binder that fits over shoes. BOSSBI does not seem to sell
the Pro version of Kangoo Jumps.
Sells normal and pro model of kangoo. Kangoo Pro
Model rated up to 300 lbs.
[KJ5 Pro model is out of stock in US & Canada till
Moon Shoes, 180lb Max, Max size 9 mens Shoe fits
binding. Wearable mini trampoline configuration.
[ DANGER Will Robinson, DANGER ! ]
Powerskips are German made. Pro model has ankle articulation, better for running .
Powerisers are Korean made, much less expensive.
Note that illustration for adult model now shoes
upper leg to stem straps similar to children's model.
Poweriser USA Sales
Yahoo group set up and controlled by superdairyboy
Max's Poweriser page - interesting knee binding.
About 4/5 way down. 7 UP "Delivery Truck" (right
column) Mark Maxham is on the far left in about the
USA distributers from powerskip.de web page
Prototype Spring Power Running Boots
[I think these are potentially the best for running,
lockup position would be good for compact on-leg
storage, Festo Fluidic Muscle (lighter weight, better
spring performance, adjust air-pressure for different
body weights ?) or Russian "Viscoelastic piston"
Boot-Runner power could make them even more amazing]
Festo, Airhopper Sport Shoe, Fluidic Muscle technology
[The Festo Airhopper was done only for demonstration
of a pneumatic power strut that gets shorter and
fatter as air pressure is increased, it was not a
prototype of something to be produced. The technology
goes back to the 1950's but may have been vastly
improved by Festo, supposedly high efficency. ]
PopSci text -> The pneumatic tube on the back powers
the Airhopper. But even with their aluminum frames,
the Airhoppers weigh close to 50 pounds ... The Nitty
Gritty - Sorry, these are still very much a prototype.
Closest Thing You Can Afford - Nike's $150 Shox give
you bounce in a tidier package.
[Bought a pair of Nike's Shox, very good feeling for
running, but no unusual bounce character sensed.
Thin, quick wearing soles]
Very High Performance Pogo Sticks – Prototypes
http://www.flybar.com [June 10, 2004]
Flybar pogo stick - prototype
Irwin Arginsky, general manager of SBI Enterprises,
the Ellenville, New York .
Arginsky says his company is working on an "ultimate"
pogo stick model that has a 300-lb capacity and can
attain heights greater than 5 ft.
New, very high performance adult pogo-stick
Late 1960's Gas Powered Pogo Stick
Gas powered pogo-stick.
Now an near unobtainable & expensive collectible.
Reported to be painful and dangerous in use.
Convertible Skates to Shoes
http://www.kickroller.com.au - Shoes with
retractable skate wheels
See Heelys Vendor Links for good product views.
With built in overhead rear-view mirror sytem.
use Reevu as search term to
find UK international sale vendors. No USA vendors at
helmet was purchased several weeks ago by a friend.
BODY ARMOR (downhill mountain bike)
Azonic Z-5 Body Armor (poor reviews)
Brands that had padded shorts available listed below.
Bombshell B1 Ultra Bomber Jacket
Bombshell B2 Padded Shorts
Crash Pads Upper Body Top
Crash Pads Mountain Bike Short
Crash Pads Mountain Bike Pant
SixSixOne Pressure Suit '03
SixSixOne Bomber "Under" Shorts
SixSixOne MTX Pant
SixSixOne Comp Pant
Rockgardn Flak Jacket
Rockgardn CYA SHORTS
[My preference style/price wise, no first hand
knowledge of body armor]
EVS BJ2 Ballistic Jersey
EVS PPO2 Impact Short
EVS LP01 Ballistic Pant
(Dainese: apparently the best, very expensive.)
Dainese Safety Jacket '03
Dainese Shuttle Pro Full Body Armor '03
*** GLOVES with built in wrist guards ***
-Roces Aggressive Wrist Guard Glove
-Harbinger 110G WristWrap Glove
-Triple Eight Gloves - Removable splints in front AND
BACK of wrists. - "Hired Hands"
(No brand seems to have a model with fingertips.)
Hired Hands Bumsavers padded shorts
[ Nice stuff, too bad the too fancy page is too wretched to navigate ]
( I probably will try gloves over ordinary inline
skating wrist guards already owned. Skating wrist
guards are intended to slide along the
ground during a fall forward. Wrist guards for Carpel
Tunnel wrist disease should not be confused with these
from above article "CTI 2's, X-oskeleton, EVS models"
CTI hit -
More "EVS knee" hits
In cold climates safety equipment used for the game of
Hockey may be a better and/or less expensive solution.
Sapogi-Skorokhody Boot Runners
Saigak [Southern Siberia Antelope]
Boots Gas Powered Boots Rocket Boots etc.
American enthusiast web page with most information on
Russian Quick-Walking Boots that I could find.
Close up pictures found at:
Russian TV News, click on moviecam under photo:
Australian new gadgets page.
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