Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rollerman: Move Like a Videogame Character

In much the same goofy vein as Powerisers, here's a suit that allows rolling movement in almost any position, even down stairs, at speeds of up to 60 mph. Start with a pair of rollerblades with pads and then just keep adding more wheels and armor until you're nothing but one big machine for movement.

Frenchman Jean-Yves Blondeau first conceived of his plastic Buggy Rollin' suit in 1994, while he was a student at Olivier de Serres design school, in Paris. But the invention, which allows a wearer to top 60 miles per hour while maintaining any position found in the Kama Sutra, didn't exactly catch fire with consumers. Not one to give up, Blondeau recently refined the suit to a stripped-down 31-wheel version and developed his own playbook of moves, like the Zaphial (rolling flat on your back with all four limbs pointed straight up) and the Smooth Buggy Dog (three limbs on the ground and one rolling along a wall).
This french-only clip gives a better sense of how the suit is put together:

This guy would fit right in as a James Bond villain...

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