The Emperor (may he live for ever) feels that walking is too much trouble. He should be able to simply stand upright and his shoes take him where he wants them to. He also wants to impress his subjects by appearing to glide without moving his legs.
In medieval times there is no no obvious technology for this, so his Chief Advisor has suggested that insects be affixed to the soles of a special pair of slippers. When the emperor stands up, the extra weight will cause the insects to start to move in order to escape. The emperor simply has to point his feet in the right direction.
Motivation - Why not get people to carry him? The Emperor wishes to appear to glide everywhere as though by magic. If the soles of slippers are of insufficient area, then he can instead stand on a flat rigid plate and his voluminous robes can obscure its edges.
As head of the design team, how do I go about achieving this? Is it even possible?
Should I employ a small number of large insects such as Goliath beetles or is it more efficient to employ many, many small insects such as ants?
What is the minimum area of the base plate such that the insects can carry the Emperor's weight (200lb 90kg) without being squashed?
- Insects are farmed for the purpose and replaced as necessary. There is always a spare base-plate/pair of slippers on hand.
- The surface area of the soles of the slippers/base-plate should be as small as possible consistent with being able to support the Emperor's weight for a ten-minute journey from one throne to another.
- The floors are smooth and flat. The emperor will be carried by courtiers up stairs or steep slopes.
- The insects are any species of real-life Earth insect. They can be imported if necessary.
- Please ask for other clarifications before answering.