Thanks to invention like the Bionic Boot you see here, achieving the speed of Usain Bolt won’t be a pipe dream. Not only there’s a possibility of besting the world’s fastest man, you can do it for a sustained distance. Invented by a Keahi Seymour, this pair of aptly-named human power enhancing boots is actually non-powered for now and even so, it is said that it will allow any wearer to reach a top speed of 25 mph (with some practise, we presume). Keahi’s invention drew its inspiration from ostrich’s achilles tendon and uses rubber tension springs to store energy with each stride you made, releasing them to enable a longer stride and achieving better energy recoil – all which translates to faster running. Keahi didn’t go into detail about jumps, but we assume it could jump higher than normal person with ease due to the ability to store and release energy.
Of course, what the Bionic Boot can achieve is still a far cry from the fictional Six Million Dollar Man (otherwise known as the Bionic Man), but still it is an awe-inspiring invention. Keahi has set his sight on topping 45 mph, which is about the same speed as an ostrich, but to achieve that, he will need powered assist in the form of servos or pneumatics. The ground works are laid, so we are incline to think that there is no reason why Keahi’s dream cannot be realized. The only stumbling block is probably power source aka battery pack, which should offer better range and also not weigh down the wearer. Perhaps, regenerative energy and solar power could be considered to prolong the battery life? But I am sure, Keahi have already consider all possible options. You can catch the Bionic Boot in action in the videos after the break.