> Robotics startup unveils the world’s fastest walking shoes
A Pittsburgh-based robotics and engineering startup recently unveiled Moonwalkers, a pair of battery-powered shoes that it claims can boost walking speed 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 with 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 by up to a reported 7mph/11kph.
For comparison, the 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.
“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.”
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 roller-skates.
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.
> Elon Musk Has Begun Mass Layoffs at Twitter and SpaceX Is Gearing Up To Launch Its First Starship Before the End of the Year
This week, the tech industry witnessed Elon Musk take the reins of Twitter.
The newly-minted CEO has already fired several executives and has now sent an email to employees detailing plans to continue layoffs throughout the company’s workforce.
Wrapping up his first week as owner, Elon Musk reportedly has plans to cull his flock.
An earlier new report in Bloomberg revealed that Musk had plans to fire half of Twitter’s workforce, approximately 3,700 staffers.
Employees have now been told via email not to come into office, as widespread layoffs were set to take place.
Twitter is now subject to a potential class action lawsuit, with employees alleging that Twitter’s layoffs are in violation of the US Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Elsewhere in Musk-related tech news, NASA shared that SpaceX is aiming to launch its Starship in December.
While the space agency has previously launched prototypes of the Starship 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, this is the first time it’ll attempt to fully launch the rocket into orbit.
“We have four major Starship flights planned. The first one here is coming up in December,” Mark Kirasich, an official from NASA’s Artemis moon program, revealed during a livestream, Reuters reported.