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Perpetual Balance Beam

Walk the straight and narrow
 
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Beneath the soles of footwear resides rectangular wooden blocks with inward-facing grooves (towards the shoe that fits on the other foot). The ‘grooves’ (‘slots’) are curved resembling smiley faces that abruptly drop vertically at the front and back.

At the center of the blocks are universal joints connecting the blocks / shoes / feet / legs via a telescopic pole.

Leg movements are restricted by slot width. The only way to take a step is to put one foot in front of the other.

Shz, Oct 22 2003

Footwear http://www.townisp.com/~sheazy/shoebe.jpg
[Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       This sounds kind of like punishment to me ... On the other hand, better balance would be a good pay-off
Letsbuildafort, Oct 22 2003
  

       I thought this was going to be a hamster wheel like thing so you could walk on a balence beam until you got bored.
my-nep, Oct 22 2003
  

       when you fall over, your mother says "wipe that beam off your face"   

       "don't come running to me when you break your leg"
po, Oct 22 2003
  

       “it’s all fun and games until someone loses an I”
Shz, Oct 22 2003
  

       I can't see this. Could you post a pic?
k_sra, Oct 22 2003
  

       Picture walking with your shoes joined together on a sliding track, like a drawer track, only it pivots as well. Am I close?
RayfordSteele, Oct 22 2003
  

       If you figure out how to stick the dismount I'll give you a 9.8   

       A pic for y’all. Admittedly this is difficult to explain with words alone. The angled view displays the sole attachments. - Both feet are on the ground in this view. <link> Now that I look at it [k_sra], it looks more like a kayak oar than the air-cast it is based on.   

       [RayfordSteele], so close I’d have to say you are correct.   

       [2 Fries], dismount = jumping with a twist or semi-flipping in this scenario., like a ‘bunny-hop’ or a ‘teensy-cart’... Or just take your shoes off.
Shz, Oct 23 2003
  
      
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