Ok for someone who is extremely challenged in the `let’s strap some wheels to my feet & use that as a form of recreational extertainment’….yup you guessed it …I can’t skate or Rollerblade to save my life, so these new inventions may be way beyond my ability!
What are they you ask…….`Chariot Skates‘, granted they may look really really really dangerous, but it is said that they `ride less like skates – or even rollerblades, for that matter – and more like skis, or even a stripped down, rearranged bike’. They still look really dangerous to me, but I’m sure for those speed junkies out there this would be the ultimate rush!! The Chariot Skates recently won the “People’s Choice award” on an episode of the ABC show New Inventors.
As you can see the LARGE wheels have supports for the feet below the axles, meaning that the feet don’t go into restrictive boots. The legs and feet are free to move more fluidly and naturally.
The big wheels let riders explore a wider variety of terrains, while the lower center of gravity makes the ride feel stable. Riders can stop with any of the time-tested braking techniques roller skaters and rollerbladers have been using for decades, or simply reach down with gloved hands to slow the wheels’ spinning, or in my case crash into the nearest anything!
And just in case any of you have doubts that these cool wheels actually do enable people to move, then please doubt no longer!
There’s an additional, smaller wheel on the back of each skate to provide additional stability. The inventors claim that the motion provided by the knee-high large wheel and unique suspension of the feet feels more like skiing than skating. The company is promoting them as a commuting tool rather than sport equipment, so we may soon be seeing executives cruising down the sidewalks in their Chariot Skates. There’s no exact release date (or price) yet, but their website indicates they’re expecting to release them sometime in the summer of 2010.
Simply amazing, thanks Michael for discovering a new way to literally look cool on wheels!