Remember the Aerofex hoverbike from back in 2012? Well the company has been hard at work fine-tuning the design and says models could be available for sale to the public as early as 2017. You can even already put down a $5,000 deposit towards one of the $85,000 deathtraps. As soon as I get my next paycheck I'm doing it. Well, after an all-you-can-eat buffet (on paydays I feel so rich I can afford diarrhea).
The Aero-X is designed to carry two people up to a height of 3 m (10 ft) above the ground and reach speeds of up to 72 km/h (42 mph).
It's also reported to be as easy to ride as a motorcycle, as pilots will be able to use the handlebar grips, situated at knee level, to control the hoverbike in a similar fashion. They'll only need about a weekend of training to be able to fly it easily, the company claims.
It's also expected to run for about 75 minutes on a full tank of fuel. While it's primarily being designed to be a low-altitude sport and utility vehicle, its developers say it can be adapted for any number of uses.
As awesome as all of that sounds, what's the word on braking? Like, how many football fields does it take to stop? Or is this thing only practical in the absolute middle of nowhere? Because I'm trying to hover my ass to the liquor store and I am not trying to wind up in the Thai restaurant next door. *crashes through windows* Oh shit. *casually trying to back out* You guys do take-out? How spicy is your jungle curry?
Keep going for a couple more shots and a couple videos of the thing in action. Albeit not particularly exciting action.
Thanks to Irina, who agrees affordable jetpacks must be right around the corner. The future, ladies and gentlemen!