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Buggy Rollin': Full-body in-line skating


June 4, 2004

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Buggy Rollin' is a fledgling sport that takes in-line skating to the extreme by adding wheels to a full-body armature so that every possible point of contact between you and the ground is covered.

Why stand up when you can skate on your hands and knees, lie on your back luge style, or hurtle face-first down the nearest sloping street at 60 or 70 km/h with your nose just 10 cm from the ground.

Although still at concept and proofing stage, particular positions have already taken on labels like "Kamakaze" - throwing yourself backwards on the back - and "Gognoc" - rolling on the backside.

Rollers attached to arms also opens up the possibility of using vertical surfaces, giving birth to moves like "Mad Buggy Dog", where three limbs roll along the wall while the other remains on the ground.

The goal of inventor Jean-Yves Blondeau was to enable the human body to move freely in all possible positions. Initially a design project investigating the displacement of the human center of gravity using various support points, the experience of Buggy Rollin' is described as somewhere between a crawling insect and a well-oiled robot.

The planned "full-suit" is not yet available but the first component - the Rollin Recap - which enables use of the knees with conventional in-line skates, can be ordered online for US$175 + delivery costs.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon

I love the idea of this I hope that u perfect the suit cos I think this could turn into one extreame competition to be done freestyle or in specialy designed skate parks would love to try it hope every things goes well with the prototypes

Steven Parnell

You can see more of this in action during the end credits of the Jim Carrey movie \"Yes Man\".

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