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Rapid stair car
This extremely lightweight rubber thingy shoots up and down stairways making it fun to come home
[Edited] It looks like a large inflated ellipse shaped
wheel, or rather, like an amusement park bumper car,
with tracks for propulsion. When you sit on it and
the button, it can rapidly and smoothly take you up
the stairs (because the tracks extend at least three
so no bumps or jumps along the way). A very
simple automatic control will tell it when its climbing
and when it reached the end of the stairs. It then
a bit and turns through the hall.
Could be owned privately, or used in a building. Once
out of use, it deflates and waits for a call. It comes to
you automatically, detecting any obstacle on the way
the stairs are occupied and safely stopping at a
distance. (Here's where the half bakery shoots in)
The more expensive version has a segaway type of
interface for standing on it. Of course in that case it
would move much slower, and be less fun to use.
The prototype (2014: gone from their website)
before I squished it thinner and replaced the hover motor with tracks [pashute, Nov 11 2012, last modified Nov 06 2014]
Exactly NOT this
something much faster. It could have a weight restriction knowing what the traction needs would be. [pashute, Nov 12 2012]
OK this tracktor system, but for regular people facing forward
and MUCH faster. It has to be fun! [pashute, Nov 12 2012]
It seems some Israeli did this already
[pashute, Nov 05 2014]
The safest car
Explaining my idea of inflatable cover [pashute, Nov 06 2014]
||Is this a product for the handicapped or the terminally
||For older people living in buildings without elevators,
and for the younger generation who love to whiz up
and down stairways.
||Bun witheld due to lack of trebuchet.
||A prototype for going down the stairs should be easy to
||A virtual trebuchet using LRAD can move people out of
the way, and an RFID sensor can open the door as you
reach your apartment, and shut it after you are sitting
in your favorite chair, and it has folded itself nicely,
waiting for the next ride.
||Its flat, but fun. Definitely not vapid.
||Added an image of the prototype
||if it has tracks, why does it need inflated walls? It wouldn't bump anything anyway, would it?
||For size. And for the sense of safety when shooting
|| and if you loose traction and slide down the
stairs, hitting the wall wont be too bad. Shaped so in
the rare case of a loss of friction, and a crash with
person, it simply topples him or her onto the car with
little or no harm to anyone.
||This is probably the only webpage in the universe
containing the phrase "virtual trebuchet" twice.
||I amend the foregoing. I was forgetting
virtualtrebuchet.com (no, seriously).
||Take the governors off and plan the trajectory outcome to be a double bed.