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I have skinny legs and my torso is heavier and I am in ok
shape. I have noticed as I get older that it is easier when I
am getting around a 3D environment that I know well, to
gyroscope my torso and arms, and shift most of the effort
of getting around to my upper body, and let my legs just
of act as adaptive cushions between me and the
floor/stairs etc. I imagine the first feathered dinosaurs
must have experienced something similar as their legs got
skinnier and their upper bodies and appendages grew
longer feathers. Why not experiment with artificial
feathers as a strategy for orientation and mobility? You
could select a group of disabled veterans who had lost a
certain percentage of their lower body that allowed them
to be mobile but not have as much weight or dexterity on
the lower half of their body and who were still young and
prone to play and acrobatics, and then experiment with
different strategies for including feathers in a wing suit.
One thing to do would be to include the fractally nature of
feathers -- shafts, barbs, barbules and hooklets -- in the
artificial design. Another thing would be to make them
completely form fitting in their down position and have
them open and increase in resistance in response to
movement and air resistance. Another would be to include
the s-curve design of the outer and inner vanes. If you
could do this in one material it would be ideal probably.
Anyway you could just get a bunch of guys with a lot of
energy to burn off to wear feathers and jump around
skateboard park like environments with padding and help
design stuff. Sounds like fun to me.
||//Why not experiment with artificial feathers ...You
could select a group of disabled veterans//
||I just know this is going to go so well.