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Published on Aug 14, 2009
The pogo stick, once just a springy toy that helped kids hop a few inches off the ground, has evolved into high-performance equipment for extreme athletes, capable of launching people eight feet or more into the air. And arguably the most extreme of these new sticks is the "BowGo," developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute by project scientist Ben Brown.
The top pogo athletes in the world will have their annual gathering in Pittsburgh this month at a four-day extravaganza, Aug. 19-22, called Pogopalooza. The event is organized by extreme pogoer Nick Ryan, a rising junior English and public policy major at Carnegie Mellon. Several of the extreme pogo athletes will be aboard newly built versions of BowGo that get their bounce from a fiberglass bow of high tensile strength.