|Keahi Seymour shows off his years-long creation at the Worlds Fair Nano (via Inverse)|
Of course, any potential product needing expensive materials such as titanium and carbon fiber will be a pretty penny to bring to mass retail. Seymour has claimed in an interview with Inverse, though, that he sees lower price grade versions of his bionic boots being made with cheaper materials. He has also said in the past the same power can be replicated using traditional parts such as springs and actuators. These are not above the realm of an average American manufacturer, and Seymour is convinced this X-17 is ready for just that. If his boots are, indeed, introduced into the consumer transportation and leisure market, it may be one of many oncoming trends of crowd-sourced robotics coming to fruition.
You can track updates from Seymour about his bionic boots here at his website.
Donal Thoms-Cappello is a freelance writer for Rotor Clip Company.