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  • 近日,美國一家機器人初創企業推出了一款號稱全世界最快的鞋子,據稱最多能

    2022-11-11 23:25 | 云南生活網


    Photo: Shift Robotics

    A Pittsburgh-based robotics and engineering startup recently unveiled Moonwalkers, a pair of battery-powered shoes that it claims can boost walk speeds by up to 250%.


    At first glance, Moonwalkers look like a pair of futuristic roller-skates, but there is actually a lot more to them than that. You’re actually meant to walk with them the way you would regular shoes or sneakers, letting the motorized wheels put a spring in your step. Powered by a state-of-the-art brushless DC motor, this ingenious contraption is actually a platform that can be attached to a wide variety of footwear to significantly increase your walking speed up to a reported 7mph/11kph. For comparison, humans’ average walking speed ranges from 2.5 to 4 mph. The sensation of walking with the world’s fastest shoes has been compared to that of walking on a ‘moving walkway’ in an airport.


    Designed by Shift Robotics, an offshoot of Carnegie Mellon University, Moonwalkers consist of a 300W brushless motor in each 4.2-lb (1.9-kg) shoe that powers eight polyurethane wheels. There is also an AI-powered gearbox that increases or decreases speed according to data regarding the wearer’s walk collected by a series of sensors. The shoes are also able to detect downhill movement to prevent accidents.

    “月球漫步者”由美國卡耐基梅隆大學下屬的Shift Robotics公司設計,每雙重量為1.9千克的鞋中包含一個300瓦的無刷電機,為8個聚氨酯輪子提供動力。鞋子當中還有一個人工智能變速箱,可以根據一系列傳感器收集的穿著者步行數據來加快或減慢速度。這款鞋還能檢測到下坡運動以防止事故。

    Photo: Shift Robotics

    “Moonwalkers are not skates. They’re shoes. The world’s fastest shoes actually,” Xunjie Zang, founder and CEO of Shift Robotics said. “You don’t skate in them. You walk. You don’t have to learn how to use them, the shoes learn from you.”

    Shift Robotics公司的創始人兼首席執行官臧迅杰(音譯)稱:“月球漫步者不是旱冰鞋,而是健步鞋,實際上它是全世界走路最快的健步鞋。你不是穿著它滑行,而是步行,你無須學習如何使用這種鞋,鞋子會學習你的走路方式。”

    But do the world’s fastest shoes work on uneven terrain, or things like stairs? We all know how tricky those are to mitigate in rollerskates. Well, apparently the designers took that into consideration and implemented a simple gesture that allows the wearer to lock the wheels so that they can walk up or down stairs as they would in regular footwear.


    Moonwalkers were recently unveiled as part of a Kickstarter campaign that has already reached almost double its crowdfunding goal of $90,000. The first batch is expected to ship in March of 2023, at a retail price of $1,399. That’s not cheap, but then again, this isn’t your average pair of shoes, it’s the world’s fastest pair of shoes.


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