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Gyrope

Tight rope that auto adjusts to keep walker in balance
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Everyone can ride a unicycle now, as nearly 20 years after the invention of the Segway, computationally enhanced gyros control the motion of various "hover" gadgets.

This tight rope setup uses a stiffer than usual rope, perhaps a metal cable connected between two large poles that are able to control the left/right swing of the rope (perhaps by a smart appendage that rapidly pulls the rope significantly right or left) and its tautness based on the adeptness of the walker.

theircompetitor, Nov 06 2017

Self balancing stick https://www.youtube...watch?v=woCdjbsjbPg
[theircompetitor, Nov 07 2017]

robot balancing a stick https://www.youtube...watch?v=lwvTyC7m4LQ
[theircompetitor, Nov 07 2017]

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       A triangular box section, perhaps fabricated from aluminium or titanium, point uppermost, would be much stiffer, and more amenable to rapid manipulation by high-speed pneumatic or electric actuators attached at the ends.
8th of 7, Nov 06 2017
  

       I like it - it's a tight rope after all. A loose rope would be a different situation. But a very, very tight metal cable - that logically could always remain under you. Such a tight cable may be entirely unaffected by a tiny 15 stone mass wobbling back and forth.   

       I think you'd need to always have at least one foot on it though; no running, skipping, or jumping.
mylodon, Nov 07 2017
  

       //With a rigid member the above could be even more of a problem. // That is a sentence that can be used in many contexts.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 07 2017
  

       ////With a rigid member the above could be even more of a problem. // That is a sentence that can be used in many contexts.// - and yet it is a sentence that remains true whatever the interpretation of 'rigid member'
hippo, Nov 07 2017
  

       One is never too old for dick jokes.   

       Some utterly safe for work videos linked   

       [bigsleep] -- an utterly rigid human, one that avoids counteracting the rope, is surely not too different from the stick being balanced on any given point, right?
theircompetitor, Nov 07 2017
  

       // a perfectly rigid human will be of some help. //   

       Hur hur hur hur... ahem.   

       If you sling the rope far enough from the ground, fear will achieve the sort of tetanic muscle spasm you suggest.
8th of 7, Nov 08 2017
  

       I thought this was about groping
DDRopDeadly, Nov 08 2017
  

       Go and wash your mind out with soap and water.
8th of 7, Nov 08 2017
  
      
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