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Following A Crowd Shoes

not very sensible shoes
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When someone is being followed across a muddy trail, their footprints are a giveaway to many aspects of their behavior. Following A Crowd Shoes is what they should be wearing to confuse and mislead their pursuers.
Here's how they work:

Two large snow shoe type platforms (referred to as the "mother shoe" are fitted with a number of different shoe soles. Each sole is connected by a series of levers to a motor that moves them around to a different position every time the mother shoe takes a step forward. The power supply is contained in a back-pack with the extra weight adding to the deception by causing the shoes to make deeper marks in soft ground.

This means that every step creates the impression that either a small group of people is moving along chaotically or a multi-legged person is being pursued.

At random intervals some of the shoe impressions will look like the feet are facing sideways, with the person walking like a crab or even backwards and one or more of the levers may telescope out a few feet to the one side to add to the deviated cadence. Everything is calculated to cause maximum uncertainty.

Following A Crowd Shoes work best on a soft ground such as would normally be encountered when going through a forest. A more subtle version that leaves chaotic scuff marks on the polished floors of an office environment is being developed.

xenzag, Jan 03 2018

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       Causing maximum uncertainty except for the direction they went.
RayfordSteele, Jan 03 2018
  

       Some zag or circling may help.
wjt, Jan 03 2018
  

       //except for the direction they went//   

       To solve this problem use an unusually powerful hoverboard, a sort of telescoping marionette-gantry and a much better sense of balance than I have.   

       Actually, no. The answer is a drone, because the answer is always a drone. If the drone used a blockchain, that would clearly be even better.
pertinax, Jan 03 2018
  

       This would also be a good idea for not getting spotted by security cameras. Oh wait, no it wouldn’t.
Ian Tindale, Jan 04 2018
  

       Two pairs and a soft sandy seashore could leave dance diagrams on the sand.
beanangel, Jan 04 2018
  

       I think most people are multi-legged.
Voice, Jan 04 2018
  

       why not 4 plex shoes for two feet?
beanangel, Jan 04 2018
  
      
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