Flying through the park, harnessed into the StreetFlyer prototype built by students from Colorado's School of Mines Mechanical Engineering Department
A number of different harness types are being considered before any commercial production begins, such as those used by movie stunt men
The steering mechanism on the prototype is based on that of a bicycle but Dr Mehring will be trying out a hang-glider approach for the StreetFlyer's next development
Dr Carsten Mehring has designed a human-powered three-wheeler which suspends its user from a curved frame and is said to offer a sensation of flying along without worrying about getting air sick
The user gains momentum by pushing the StreetFlyer along and then lifts up the legs to fly like a bird
The next stage in development will see the frame being made of a lightweight material so that it can be transported on the user's back
If the notion of flying through the air appeals then hang-gliding might be your first thought. But if your fear of heights keeps you closer to the ground then perhaps Dr Carsten Mehring's StreetFlyer may be of interest. The human-powered three-wheeler suspends its user from an arched frame so that when enough momentum is generated, the legs can be lifted off the ground and you're away – at a cruising altitude of just a few feet.
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