Electromagnetic Children

November 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Electromagnetic Children

Skiing is a sport that seems to cry out for clever inventions and complicated contraptions, some of which rise to glory (e.g. shaped skis, cannons and guns that make snow when mother nature doesn’t, instant heat packs, etc), and others that sink into obscurity (e.g. ‘monoskis’, boot-skis, rear entry boots, etc).

So, I was very amused – but not surprised – to stumble across this next contraption online today:

The Magnestick.

The Magnestick is a vest that you strap onto a small child. On the back of the vest sits a very large metal plate. In turn, chairlift seats are equipped with powerful electromagnets. When a Magnestick-equipped child loads the chairlift, the electromagnet is activated, instantly gluing the child to the seat. The magnet remains active throughout the ride, releasing at the very end of the trip so that unloading can take place.

So, is this the next hot piece of ski gear, or just another short-lived fad? And what happens if a kid gets glued on sideways? Or if a person with lots of metal on them, or even in them (perhaps an artificial joint or a rod in their back?) sits in a Magnestick seat? And for wobbly little kids, does the added weight of the vest make learning essential skills like balance and stance more challenging?

On the plus side, the Magnestick instantly gives its wearer superpowers, with the ability to manipulate any electromagnetic field at will, and to locate gold and other precious metals deep within the mountain.

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