Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a man completing a wireless bungee. A what? Yes you read that right, yes I mean somebody jumped off a platform and sprung back up in the air all without a cord attached to his feet. One word – technology.
Working with magnets, scientists used repulsion to allow the wireless bungee jump to take place. Although the video answers most questions, I would like to know how he got down in the end.. maybe one day I’ll find out for myself.
Kudos must also go to IKEA for its clever advertising. IKEA used the notion of wireless, to advertise its wireless charging stations. Whilst wireless bungee jumping is a thing of the future, a wireless charging collection is available today. IKEABelgium posted the video to it’s YouTube channel and currently sits at just under 900,000 views. I’m watching it here in Australia now googling IKEA and its wireless collection – job done for those Belgium advertisers.
Another example of somebody pushing the pursuit of sporting greatness to the limits is American base jumper Josh Miramant when he jumped from a Thailand cliff with the parachute literally hooked to him. Hooks were embedded into his skin just an hour prior to his jump, allowing the parachute to be directly attached to him. Once again there is a video below if you want to wince in pain upon the opening of the parachute.
Personally, I would be a lot more inclined to do wireless bungee then embed hooks into my own skin only for them to feel like they were being ripped out, just a personal preference though. The following three sports would also test any nerves of steel:
RED BULL AIR RACINNG
As the name suggests it’s a race in the air with airplanes competing over a fixed course and speeds of up to 425 kph. With the winner completing the course in the shortest time or with the most points, as a sport it is based on speed and precision.
A sport invented in Yosemite National Park over twenty years ago by a team of climbers and the participants are known by the name of ‘slackers’. A 5cm wide slack rope attached to two anchor points moves and sways (just to add a few more points for degree of difficulty). Some crazy or brave (take your pick) chose to walk these slacklines without a harness attached to the line at extremely high heights as well as in high altitude areas.
What sort of extreme sports would you NOT do for all the money in the world?