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Playpen Treadmill

They keep going and going...
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I am amazed that my 11-month old daughter wasn't born with a drum, some bunny ears, and a pair of sunglasses. To keep her contained and entertained is a feat. This gate-enclosed treadmill has been verified to not have pinch points, and depending on the amount of power available at your substation, should spin fast enough to keep up with a crawling baby for as long as they want to go.

Shuts off when no crawling is detected.

Stairclimber still in development.

RayfordSteele, Dec 06 2014


       The "wear out the baby" so we can get some sleep setting.
popbottle, Dec 06 2014

       Why doesn't this exist already   

       Radford Steel you are a pure genius!
vfrackis, Dec 06 2014

       My grandfather (on my dad's side) made a treadmill for me. Cheers granddad.   

       Nearly ended up blummin' Russian cos of him and his dad. They went over to see the Worker's Paradise in the 1920's, luckily they came back.
not_morrison_rm, Dec 06 2014

       //Stairclimber still in development//   

       They go up so fast.   

       // they came back //   

       Probably because they discovered that the "Worker's Paradise" was nowhere to be found.   

       // difficult to contain //   

       Empty, clean oil drum. Pop child in; can't climb out.
8th of 7, Dec 06 2014

       Excellent idea. Wear the babes out. Yay.
blissmiss, Dec 06 2014

       I have trouble coping with the fact that my daughter is fifteen now.   

       I remember those infant days like they were just yesterday. Of course every other day seems like yesterday... but that is completely beside the point, and I'll just shut up now.

       I always figured an oversized stainless steel wok design would make a good playpen. Have a drain at the low point, keep the kid naked for the occasional hosing down and you're good to go.
AusCan531, Dec 07 2014

       ^ Highly marketable product. Fabricate in 18/8 SS.
8th of 7, Dec 07 2014

       I could have used one of these a long time ago. +
xandram, Dec 08 2014

       For yourself, your progeny, or your grandparents?
RayfordSteele, Dec 08 2014

       How long before someone tries to make it an energy source?
4and20, Dec 09 2014

       2 Axis treadmills are surprisingly difficult to design. You're probably better off with a hamster ball/track ball sort of design.
MechE, Dec 09 2014

       //How long before someone tries to make it an energy source   

       Sort of been done, somewhere in Africa, they dug out a new well, and the pump mechanism was a merry-go-round..presumably the gearing was low...
not_morrison_rm, Dec 10 2014

       Babies crawl to learn about the world, not about a treadmill. This will lead to adults which spin along on their home-trainers, socialize with the TV set and are lost when the escalator stops running. This is for people who put a leash on their toddlers. [-]
Toto Anders, Dec 10 2014

       [+] I thought this would be a chipmunk running wheel.
pashute, Dec 10 2014

       Jeez, she can't even walk, and you want her to balance on top of a hamster ball...   

       Leashes should never be placed on children. Whenever I would go out to the chicken coop to refill my daughter's formula bowl, I would find her with a chicken feather in her mouth and her leash tangled up around a fencepost. Clearly this wasn't a good idea. My effort to protect the chickens with electric fencing didn't fare any better-- but lately the scars are fading, and if I dress her up in the right patterns of plaid it goes quite well.   

       It occurs to me that we've already solved this problem with the Halfbaker'ys exclusive Roaming Goldfish Bowl Technology. Finding a baby-sized wetsuit and oxygen mask that sufficiently adapts the mechanics of crawling to propelling a tailfin could take some time though.
RayfordSteele, Dec 10 2014


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