Tandem-Duct Aerial Aerofex
Future tech doesn’t always look the way the ’70s might’ve predicted, but sometimes it does. Case in point: this beautiful, fully functional hoverbike that could’ve been torn out of our archives. It’s going to be a while before you see one zipping down the street, but if the public does get a chance to ride one, the bike is rideable right out of the box–no training required.
Brought to you by aerospace firm Aerofex, the bike runs on a pair of powerful fans. It picks up on instinctive movements people make while riding a bicycle or motorbike, then moves in the same way (except, you know, flying), meaning anyone can have a go at it. For safety reasons, they’ve tested it at 30 mph and 15 feet high, although earlier versions of it went as fast as a helicopter.
Like all fun toys, the military will probably get this one first. The founders aren’t planning to make a manned version immediately, they told Innovation News Daily; instead they’re opting to use it as a test platform for creating hover drones.
But until we see it somewhere else, fight back your Star Wars speederbike dreams with this test run video, shot in the Mojave Desert.
Posted 08.23.2012 at 12:06 pm