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Walking Boots

In 2003, inventor Viktor Gordejev (from Ufa in the Ural Mountains) announced that his motorized walking boots (powered by tiny combustion engines which cut the energy required for walking by 70%) were set for production in Russia.

Boris Rudoi, the head of the Space Travel Institute which helped Gordejev realise his dream, claimed considerable interest in pre-orders, adding that talks were underway to market the boots internationally -- and that the boots had been closely guarded from Japanese and American industrial spies during their development.

[Gordejev was inspired by his service in the Soviet army. "I always wished my boots had engines as we had to walk miles every day," he explained. "That's how I came up with the idea."]

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