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Strap-On Wheels Move Wearer at 10mph

Under consideration for the £10,000 (a bit over $15,000) James Dyson Award is the Treadway Wearable Mobility Project by American Peter Treadway. The Treadway system acts like Heelys, allowing the wearer to transition from walking to wheeled modes quickly. But it features a small electric engine that runs on battery power.

Peter's dream is to perfect his motorized shoes so that they work with conventional footwear and clothing. He's also working on fitting everything into a calf-length boot for each foot, and controlling everything through a wireless remote. In its current form, the Treadway requires a bulky strap-on battery pack for the back, only runs on one foot, and uses potentially dangerous wires. But it can propel the wearer at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour.

Treadway Wearable Mobility

  • foscooter
    Your gonna put wheels on my boots, and push my happy 310 lb @ss around, good luck!
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  • JonnyDough
    foscooterYour gonna put wheels on my boots, and push my happy 310 lb @ss around, good luck!
    Yeah you're probably right...you probably need the exercise anyway.

    This is for those of us who do enough walking in a day at our jobs and still want to go for a stroll in the park with the wife in the evenings maybe?
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  • matchboxmatt
    Didn't they make something like that without the battery called "rollerskates"?
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  • IFLATLINEI
    Stroll with the wife? I hardly think a blowup doll can be a wife but whatever you say.
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  • tharkis842
    I can see this going terrbly wrong. On another note, we really don't need another reason to be lazy.
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  • house70
    if a quick brake is needed, just fall on your nose... going from 10 to 0 in less than one second would be rough.
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  • Pyroflea
    Most useless invention of the decade award goes to...
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  • loomis86
    house70if a quick brake is needed, just fall on your nose... going from 10 to 0 in less than one second would be rough.
    Really? Have you ever gone jogging? That's ten miles per hour. I can stop in less than a second.
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  • 4745454b
    So the imagine of the bike has me thinking. Whats the odds that we can get some sort of recharger to attach to our bikes? That way I can "walk" when I need to, and then hop on my bike and recharge them? For the record I bike about 3mi every day to and from work. I would love to use these on the up hill part of my ride home, and then recharge them on my way down the next day.
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  • tokenz
    10miles an hour for .3 seconds. Expensive moped?
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