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Early "walking machine." Article and actual fotos here.
     Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 29, 2015
     Category: Technology | 1970s





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Ah, well, I see where the inventor went wrong. He used the engine out of a Trabant.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/29/15 at 09:48 AM
There's a similar wheel style being used on forklifts now that allows for greater mobility.

http://toolmonger.com/2010/04/19/its-just-cool-airtrax-sidewinder/
Posted by Miles on 04/29/15 at 10:32 AM
Innovative, but not practical outside of a narrow field of application. Engineering projects are littered with such stories.

Consider this from the text: The machine's current top speed is 12 m.p.h. with a worn blower (compressor} and leaks in the delivery system. How much maintenance would be required to keep the blower up to spec and joint leaks to a minimum?

Still, I would have liked to take a spin on it, just to say i had done that.
Posted by KDP on 04/29/15 at 02:31 PM
Here is an auger drive machine.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screw-propelled_vehicle
Posted by BMN on 04/29/15 at 02:51 PM
I can't imagine why it didn't catch on.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/29/15 at 05:19 PM









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