On the one hand, this is really rather cool; on the other hand, it makes you shake your head in disbelief.
My chum Jay Dowling has just given my Monday morning a good start by sending two emails containing interesting tidbits of trivia and nuggets of knowledge.
The first was a screenshot of an entry on someone's Facebook page as shown below:
(Source: Screenshot from Facebook)
OK, I know it's not the most sophisticated of humor, but it certainly brought a smile to my face. The other email contained links to this video and this video of a British lunatic entrepreneur called Richard Browning who has created a real-life Iron Man jetpack.
On the one hand, this is really rather cool; on the other hand, it makes you shake your head in disbelief. Is this man a genius, or is he the epitome of a mad scientist?
Personally, if I'm ever fortunate enough to own a jet pack, I'd like it to be a labor-saving device. Looking at the videos above, I get the impression that I'd have to go into training for a year just to be able to carry Richard's jetpack around, let alone to use it.
Still, at the end of the day, I have to say that this really is rather cool, and I doff my cap to Richard for coming up with something so ridiculously amazing. What do you think? Could you be tempted to take Richard's jet pack for a spin?
sixscrews:- you use the advantage of the high power-to-weight ratio of a modern vacuum cleaner motor in a lightweight compressor. A slight lean in the direction you which to travel deals with the steering. Or some small flaps which can be monetarily opened or mometarily touch the ground with your feet. Your homework assignment research the size of the smallest one person hovercraft ever constructed then remove the area needed to support the fan and steering apparatus and you have the Hoverskirt. (Voice stage right- must be a slow news day in the memory business Ron)
Sixscrews:- Do the calculation the pressure you would need at the bottom of each pant leg of your HovePants to support a 150lb man would very high and the feet would cause all sorts of airflow and stability problems. Whereas the HoverSkirt with a much larger area would only require a relatively low pressure. The required pressure differential for a flared skirt easily generated by a couple of modern Dyson vacuum cleaner motors.