Information on Stilts

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    History

    • Stilts have been used since the seventh century B.C., when Chinese entertainers used them. Over time, more practical uses were found for them, including to tend flocks by shepherds in southern France. In 1860, tightrope walker Jean Francois Gravelet used stilts to cross Niagara Falls.

    Function

    • Today, stilts are used for practical purposes, such as picking fruit from trees, as well as in entertainment venues, like circuses. They are also found on houses in areas that flood regularly.

    Potential

    • The latest in stilt technology involve spring-loaded stilts that go by a number of names, like powerskips or power stilts. They allow users to take nine-foot strides, jump as high as six feet and run as fast as 20 mph.

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