Why Lie Down, when you can Sit; why Sit, when you can Stand; why Stand, when you can Walk; why Walk, when you can Run; why Run, when you can Vault, Jump, Drop, Leap, Climb, Swing, Flip etc.?”
Parkour for life!
I was showing some Parkour videos to a friend when I accidentally stumbled upon the Parkour Mumbai Website.
It was heartening to see that Parkour has its presence in India/Mumbai. All I knew about Parkour was that 3Run Traceurs gave a stunning performance last year at Techfest. And this Russian Traceur video which I saw on the lan:
I always wanted to learn Gymnastics but never got a chance. Parkour does have that flavor. I really want to join the parkour training camp. But Kandivili is too far from Powai to reach at 6:00am every morning. I’ll have to settle for a weekend training program that they have 6:00-8:00am every Saturday.
The Future is Bionic…
I have always fascinated about the powers of the Bionic man. Bionic man is a very wide term whose pinnacle would be to create an artificial being. Today research in that area is progressing – an example of that is the stem cell. But talking about that would be science-fiction. So lets talk about something more real.
…so what about the present?
Have you seen science fiction movies like Avatar, G.I Joe or Iron Man? They wear a suit that
- enable them to lift extremely heavy objects
- run at great speeds, and even fly!
- among other things – Iron Man also had a power source in the suit that kept him alive but that doesn’t interest us! 😉
Do you think such things could really exist, today? Yes, it happened last year at IIT. I was amazed when I saw people wearing a mechanical exoskeleton and jumping over a entire car in a single leap! During Techfest 2009 a team of performers called “3Run” from UK displayed a stunning Parkour performance! Two of them were wearing exoskeletons (3Run doesn’t mention this on their website) which I believe looks just like the ones produced by PowerSkip, a German company.
Read More: A report on Artificial Exoskeletons [PDF]
TODO: Engineering of Powered Exoskeletons