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Samsung's sliding bench keeps sports fans next to the action at all times

By midian182
May 9, 2016
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  1. Samsung is bringing a new meaning to the term “best seats in the house.” Forget about the pampered luxury of stadium skyboxes; this new sliding bench will keep you next to the action at all times, no matter where it’s happening.

    The device, which is appropriately called the Slider, moves up and down the field on a custom track so that spectators are kept as close to the game as possible.

    The Slider will be installed at London’s Twickenham Stadium later this month. The four-seater bench, which features a “revolutionary aluminum design,” will run along an 80 meter (262 foot) track at speeds of up to 20 mph.

    The sliding bench will only be available during the two-day London Sevens (a seven-a-side version of rugby) World Series tournament that takes place on the 21st and 22nd of May. There will be 180 rides offered across the 45 match schedule.

    The obvious issue with the Slider is that rapidly moving back and forth could cause motion sickness, and eating or drinking while on the bench would no doubt pose problems. With Rugby Sevens, however, each half lasts seven minutes. As each person only gets to ‘ride’ the bench for few minutes, it shouldn’t be long enough for them to start feeling nauseated.

    Samsung is giving away tickets in a prize draw to UK residents who have purchased one of the company’s TVs, speakers, or soundbars this year. Winners will get a day at the sporting event and one match ride on the Slider.

    We’ll just have to wait and see if Samsung decides to try out the Slider at other sporting events across the world.

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  2. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    Well Samsung, after earning a place in my heart, I'd like to think this contraption is a joke, but these days, I know it's for real. They will have to have special drink containers and it'll be interesting to see who is first to vomit on live TV or perhaps the experience will be for specially selected contestants only. Where the audience gets to become part of the show. I guess money talks
     
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  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I know it won't be like this in practice but I can't help but visualize the moving bench running over other spectators as they cross the tracks during a game. Maybe the bench will incorporate some kind of automatic braking technology like some modern cars have. Then I can imagine the effect of the sudden stoppage on the bench riders. :)
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Oh, this will bring heckling up to a whole new level.
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    Well what do you know, a moving target to take out the worlds richest people. hahaha Sign me up for the first practice shoot!
     
  6. Solar Flair

    Solar Flair TS Rookie

    Hey, why not bring two of this and start playing the real life pong game?
     

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