14 June 2013

Would You Ride a Flying Bicycle to Work?

It might sound like something right out of a movie (say, E.T.), but it's very, very real. Duratec Bicycles has released a prototype of a flying bicycle—though, at this point it has only been flown by a dummy. Here's what it looks like:

The flying bike uses six giant fans to provide its lift and balance. It's powered by batteries. It's currently unsafe for humans to fly the thing, since its weight limits give it 5 minutes of flying time. 

To that, technical director of Duratec Bicycles, Milan Duchek, says: "Because the capacity of batteries doubles about every 10 years, we can expect that in the future the capacity would be enough for the bike to used for sports, tourism or similar things."

Don't get us wrong. It's kind of a cool device—but doesn't it sort of defeat the things we love about cycling in the first place, you know, say, it's exercise potential? And it definitely looks pretty ridiculous with its giant fans on the back. So we'll pass on this one, thanks.

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