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Martian Perambulator  
  A mechanized transport for heavy gravity environments for beings born in lower gravity environments.  

How best to get around in heavy gravity?

At the ringside opposite them a table had been removed to make room for a large transparent plastic capsule on wheels. Don had never seen one but he recognized its function; it was a Martian's "perambulator," a portable air-conditioning unit to provide the rare, cold air necessary to a Martian aborigine. The occupant could be seen dimly, his frail body supported by a metal articulated servo framework to assist him in coping with the robust gravity of the third planet.
From Between Planets, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1951
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Compare to the skrode from A Fire Upon The Deep (1992) by Vernor Vinge.

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