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Monday, October 12, 2009

Spring Stilts for Powerbocking

It doesn't if they are Powerstrider, Poweriser, Powerskip, Air Trekkers or any other brand, they are all equally amazing. The concept of stilts with attached springs has first been developed by a Alexander Boek. The german based company ALAN Sportartikel GmbH manufactures the original design. What I really found great about this concept is that it is a means of transport that is efficient, cheap, and depends only on muscular power.

The spring stilts allow the user to jump to extraordinary heights and run inhumane speeds with little effort. The concept work by using the spring (usually a fiberglass or carbon fiber leaf spring) to amplify the gravitational force and converting it into forward or upward energy.

This technology will especially be useful in a major disaster as the highways and roads will all be blocked by cars and rubble. Even if you have the latest hummer you'll still be stuck in traffic. Moreover, a nuclear bomb's EMP (Electro-magnetic pulse) blast would most certainly knock out all electronics, including your car's onboard computer.

This technology has been successfully tested by the military as they are considering it as a replacement for fast attack vehicles. A trained squad on spring stilts could run as fast as a dirtbike in the desert and even jump over obstacles.

The U.S. military put one of their soldiers on spring stilts and asked him to chase a military quad over 1/4 of a mile. He reached a cruising speed of 23 MPH (37 Km/h). This is an incredible speed counting the you can maintain across a city in ruins that a car could never maneuver in. You can also jump up to 6 feet (1.83 meters) high.

This item definitely qualifies to be in my survival box.

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