... Staff has been scientifically proven to be better then poi...
Sounds like quackery to me!
Poi and staff are both just line segments that we use to create a window for the audience into the hidden world of geometric proportion in space and time. Ridged or slack both have their pros and cons. Any object manipulation is ultimately derived from the same source, just applied to different shapes.
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Posted:What we need is a way to take a staff apart and make it floppy during a performance.
You would then have one toy that is a staff, clubs and poi at once.
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Posted:I've been thinking about that, poi that could somehow become solid at will, so they could be used as clubs also. I haven't been able to think of a practical mechanical device to allow such a thing, the closest I've been able to get is a hollowed tethered poi, like an empty sock or tube, the opening of which is opened around a rigid stick, that is mechanically held onto the inside of the forearm. When the user wants the poi to become clubs, the user presses a switch that is near the base of the fingers, that causes the mechanism to release its hold on the stick, and then either centrifugal force of spinning (if you were doing long-arm), gravity or perhaps even a spring loaded release would cause the stick to enter into the poi, after which you grab the ends, holding it in, whereby it becomes a club! Yay!
The other idea is to implement still developing artificial muscle technology into poi. If you had a poi where the tether was artificial muscle (or even real muscle, except it wouldn't last long), and an electrical charge was applied to it, probably through wires leading from a battery pack on the user's body (maybe on a backpack) to cause the "muscle" to tighten and become rigid. It would be easy enough to give the user control over this, but this kinda thing is obviously a way off yet...