One of the local newscasts tonight featured a bizarre device that allegedly prevents falls. It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. I had the impression it was created as a joke, as it certainly couldn't be used.
It's a flexible device consisting of what look like metal boxes, connected to create a sort of moveable, chained support. Think of the Chinese dragon created to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The movable parts resemble this bizarre device I saw tonight.
Apparently the support (I'll call it the tail), attaches somehow around the waist, is located in the back, and is flexible enough that the different boxes move as a person walks, or begins to fall, when the balance sensors (?) automatically move the tail to act like a big leg with a foot to stop a fall.
Seriously, this was on tv this evening. The newscasters were laughing, as was I. But I also thought that even though it was allegedly designed to help seniors or those with balance problems, it would probably take an hour to get the thing on, it would add so much weight it would probably actually cause someone to fall. And taking the thing off, say for hygienic needs, would require a companion.
I still think this has got to be a prank. But it did provide some light entertainment.