#1944: Launchboard

High-board diving is a fascinating sport, although watching it without slow-motion playback is pretty pointless.

Today’s invention seeks to extend the challenge and appeal of this sport.

A springy diving board would be capable of being mechanically depressed and then released, in order to propel the diver upwards before the diving descent.

This would allow much more time in the air for gymnastic performance.

The board could be finely controlled by a remote control device in the hand of the diver (which could be dropped after launch).

The board would also automatically withdraw from the side of the pool, once the diver was airborne, in order to avoid collisions on the way down.