Remember the water-powered jetpack we reported on (link includes video) back in January of '09? Me neither, that was two whole years ago. WHAT DO I LOOK LIKE, AN ELEPHANT?! Well now JetLev, the company behind the device, is ready to roll them out to the public. And all for the low, low price of $136,000. JESUS, HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO TURN A PROFIT SELLING THEM SO LOW?!
It's taken over 10 years for its Canadian inventor, Raymond Li, to realize his dream and see his jetpack go on sale, but judging by the pictures it looks well worth the wait.
The Jetlev has three main components -- a lightweight carbon fiber backpack, a 10-meter hose and an engine unit which floats on the water.
The engine sucks water up through the hose and forces it through two adjustable nozzles on the backpack, creating up to 500 pounds of thrust...
Small adjustments to the hand controls allow pilots to control the speed -- a maximum of 35 kph (22 mph) -- and your height, which rises to a maximum of 10 meters (30 feet), according to the manufacturers.
For you poorer folks out there, Jetlev is talking to vacation resorts about leasing options so even peasants can experience the thrill of blasting yourself face first into the water from 30-feet up. Whee, I'm drowning. Hey I think this merman wants to kiss me. Well, maybe just a peck!
Hit the jump for a video demonstration if you're not familiar with the technology.
Thanks to Pat, Mr. Knuckles, Brett and Jeff, who know you can achieve the exact same thing by drinking a whole bunch of beers and holding it long enough.