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One-legged Bar Stool   (+6)  [vote for, against]
A single legged stool which self-balances when you can't.

This is a normal bar seat with a single leg affixed to a floor module which dynamically senses which way you're leaning, à la Segway, to counterbalance your listing as the evening rolls on. I've seen people struggle to remain uprightly seated on bar stools with 3 or even 4 legs as the occupant's centre of gravity moves too far outside the centre of the stool.

Think of balancing a broomstick in one hand (when you're sober enough to perform such a feat). If the unit is dynamic enough you will never be able overbalance. Slumping, however, may require some sort of harness or seatbelt arrangement.
-- AusCan531, Feb 11 2016

For an extra-large human body http://www.gocomics...sequitur/1992/05/23
Another variation on the theme of a one-legged bar stool. [Vernon, Feb 11 2016]

If the post of the bar stool went into the floor, it could be embedded sufficiently to remain steady. And if the floor had multiple holes into which bar-stool posts could be inserted, that would be almost as good as normal movable chairs (except for trash getting into those holes, of course.
-- Vernon, Feb 11 2016


// if the floor had multiple holes into which bar-stool posts could be inserted, that would be almost as good as normal movable chairs//

Nonsense. It would not require any combination of gyroscopes, clever power cord handling, wireless electricity, and internal electronics and would therefore be objectively worse.
-- Voice, Feb 11 2016


[Ian Tindale], okay, high-heel spikes would be expect- able to get caught in the holes. Alternative footwear should be recommended (there do exist high-heeled non-spiky shoes for women). But the holes don't need to be as big as you seem to be otherwise implying (maybe 2 to 3 cm in diameter). Modern materials tech is good enough for that diameter of post to be strong enough to support any ordinary human body weight.
-- Vernon, Feb 11 2016


Suspending the patrons from bungee-corded harnesses might solve the problem....
-- smendler, Feb 13 2016


[smendler], all the bar-seats could be swings!
-- Vernon, Feb 13 2016


Gimballs.

// strong enough to support any ordinary human body weight. //

Yes, but what about Americans ... ?
-- 8th of 7, Feb 13 2016


Bartender has a master on/off switch to assist at closing time ?
-- popbottle, Feb 14 2016



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