Watch a Man Run 24 MPH Using the Bionic Boots He Invented Himself
It used to take $6 million to create a bionic man - now all it takes are Bionic Boots.
Invented by bartender Keahi Seymour, Bionic Boots allow humans to run at speeds that far exceed our normal limits.
Seymour can hit 24 mph in the Boots. That's close to world's fastest runner Usain Bolt's top speed of 27 mph, but only a fraction of the speed of the animal that inspired the Boots in the first place: the ostrich. Which, you may be surprised to know, has a top speed of 43 miles per hour.
The Bionic Boot was featured at Worlds Fair Nano this year, alongside a host of other incredible gadgets.
Here's a video of Seymour running in the Boots:
Microsoft Movie Maker transitions aside, the Boots are undeniably incredible - especially their maneuverability. They can slide, stop, and get purchase even on loose soil.
They don't seem completely comfortable to run in (Seymour's posture seems a little weird), but you can't deny their raw speed.
Best of all, unlike the Moon Boots we bought as kids, the X-17 seems like it actually works.
The X-17, as the model is called, is currently being marketed as a fitness tool, but it's easy to imagine a lot of other practical uses for the Seymour's invention: sports, law enforcement, and space exploration could all benefit from humans with faster ground speed. (At the very least, it's a very cool first major step toward achieving Chell's Long Fall Boots from Portal.)
Between the DIY robotic exoskeletons makers are creating in their garages and new brain-computer interfaces to control AR, we may be heading toward crowd-sourced cyborgs in the next decade.