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Met de Stair Rover vloeiend de trap af op een skateboard

De Stair Rover is een skateboard waarmee je vloeiend de trap af kan. De Stair Rover is een ontwerp van Po-Chih Lai af gestudeerd aan de London’s Royal College of Art, of het skateboard ook daadwerkelijk in productie genomen zal worden is niet bekend.

Stair Rover door Po-Chih Lai

Stair Rover skateboard

Je kent ze wel, van die video’s waarin skateboarders proberen een trap proberen te ontwijken in plaats van hem gewoon te nemen? Hoogste waarschijnlijk omdat het gewoonweg niet erg prettig is om met een skateboard van een trap af te racen. Po-Chih Lai afgestudeerd aan de London’s Royal College of Art heeft de Stair Rover ontwikkeld waarbij je wel “makkelijk” de trap kan nemen met je skateboard.

Stair Rover

Po-Chih Lai over de Stair Rover

Op zijn website schrijft Po-Chih Lai over de Stair Rover:

Material : aluminum, maple, bamboo, PU rubber, PVC

Inspiring action

The piece aims to expanding the capability and possibility of extreme sports as we understand them. Inherited from our natural instincts, sliding as children and snowboarding as adults, the focus is on one of the most influential and stimulating sports – skateboading, aiming to push the boundaries further. The piece creates a groundbreaking form of sport which previously never existed and utilises the hidden energy of our cities – stairs. STAIR ROVER – the Stairboard is a product that relies on the other product – stairs, which are found easily within the human habitat, especially in cities. This is an outstanding performance reflecting where we as residents live and what we love.

Inspiring values

Extreme sports are hugely various and engages many people to be involved. Indeed, extreme sports are one if the latest crazes in our culture with kids as young as four and five years old fascinated by it. This is an innate behaviour from the deepest recesses of ourselves, keen to challenge ourselves and look for the edge of what we are capable of. It is an activity highly reliant on the balance of danger, control and excitement. There are very few sports which can compete with skateboarding which can boast so many people having experienced them so enthusiastically in this generation.

Creating a legacy

No city is so fascinating and encouraging as London. Few can outline the metropolitan diversity so perfectly as this place. The Barbican Centre presents its Urban Stories, indicating that the sub-culture of graffiti, free-running, skateboarding, street dance, and extreme sports are now accepted and a valid and valuable influence on our generation. London is my inspiration. It leads me to craft a new hybrid sport around the classic skateboard and novel stair climbing mechanism. The project aims to create a new experience for users to rove along the landscape of the city. This advanced boarding activity turns boundaries and restrictions into a positive and creative physical enquiry into the ever changing kinesis of the urban ecostytem.


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Geschreven door JeeeM

Maakt TV commercial en bedrijfsvideo's. Is naast actief voor Dutchcowboys, MobileCowboys en Stylecowboys. Werkt onder andere met Apple, Adobe, Autodesk, Canon en Samsung. Heeft grote interesse in techniek, audio, video, internet en social media.

- Maker van de Open Web Awards - Flickr Photo of the Year 2009
- Nederlandse winnaar Samsung Imagelogger 2013

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