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Rapid stair car

This extremely lightweight rubber thingy shoots up and down stairways making it fun to come home
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[Edited] It looks like a large inflated ellipse shaped lifesaver wheel, or rather, like an amusement park bumper car, with tracks for propulsion. When you sit on it and press the button, it can rapidly and smoothly take you up the stairs (because the tracks extend at least three steps, 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 leans 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 if 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.

pashute, Nov 01 2012

The prototype (2014: gone from their website) http://www.thrillse...MAGES/HoverCars.JPG
before I squished it thinner and replaced the hover motor with tracks [pashute, Nov 11 2012, last modified Nov 06 2014]

Exactly NOT this http://www.youtube....watch?v=KzjUhkegx2c
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 http://www.youtube....0Hw&feature=related
and MUCH faster. It has to be fun! [pashute, Nov 12 2012]

It seems some Israeli did this already https://www.youtube...watch?v=ik286spRM1w
[pashute, Nov 05 2014]

The safest car http://www.dvice.co...pre_deployed_ex.php
Explaining my idea of inflatable cover [pashute, Nov 06 2014]


       Is this a product for the handicapped or the terminally lazy?
Alterother, Nov 01 2012

       For older people living in buildings without elevators, and for the younger generation who love to whiz up and down stairways.
pashute, Nov 02 2012

       Bun witheld due to lack of trebuchet.
8th of 7, Nov 02 2012

       A prototype for going down the stairs should be easy to make.   

       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.
pashute, Nov 03 2012

       Added an image of the prototype
pashute, Nov 11 2012

       if it has tracks, why does it need inflated walls? It wouldn't bump anything anyway, would it?
erenjay, Nov 12 2012

       For size. And for the sense of safety when shooting downstairs.   

       [edit] 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.
pashute, Nov 12 2012

       This is probably the only webpage in the universe containing the phrase "virtual trebuchet" twice.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 05 2014

       I amend the foregoing. I was forgetting virtualtrebuchet.com (no, seriously).
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 06 2014

       Take the governors off and plan the trajectory outcome to be a double bed.
wjt, Nov 11 2014


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