Ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 70 km/h (20 m/s; 40 mph) which is considered the fastest land speed of any bird.
Who would have thought an ostrich will serve as the inspiration for the next generation’s fitness gear?
Yes, brace yourselves and take an exciting peek at the Bionic Boots – a brainchild of Keahi Seymour that can catapult a wearer forward at high speed, “with maximum efficiency and agility.”
Exclusively designed to mimic the mechanical movement of ostrich legs, the boots according to Seymour, can potentially allow the wearer to “emulate the birds’ springy gait and match their top speed—45 mph.”
For the time being, the developed prototype only boosts of a brisk 25 mph—which is still faster than the 23.4 mph world speed record held by athlete Usain Bolt, but far shorter than the speeds of some land animals.
Dubbed the ‘Bionic Boot’, the shoes have special features to include springs on the back designed to imitate the Achilles tendon of an ostrich or kangaroo which can provide the wearer more down force when running.
The San Francisco-based inventor has been working on the boots for several years, and has produced dozens of prototypes.
Just last month, he took his Bionic Boots to the Maker Faire in New York to demonstrate its capabilities.
In its current form, the device can reach speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h) – or the same speed as a slow-moving car.
According to PopSci (Popular Science) the inventor vowed to enhance his discovery until he develops it to go faster and outrun some of Earth’s fastest land animals.
Meanwhile, the Bionic Boots is not the first product ever produced in an attempt liken the gait of an ostrich or kangaroo.
Earlier, bouncing boots which was priced at £166 ($265) was introduced in an attempt to transform wearers into human kangaroos.