Don’t lie and pretend that you never wanted a hover bike.
A lot of people invisioned the future to be more than what it is currently in 2012. Teleportation, ray guns, meals inside a pill… Flying cars.
Regardless of your taste in transport and vehicle, you can’t pretend that you haven’t watched Back To The Future or Star Wars and pretended you have some sort of Hover Craft. It’s every man’s dream! At least it was and still is mine!
Areofex, a technology company from Manhattan have been working on your fantasy. And boy, does it look amazing! At least in photos; it’s breath-taking.
“We are creating exciting technology that will change the way people perceive and utilize flight. We are developing manned craft and unmanned aerial vehicles that have real utility.”
This is far more than just a gimmick. Aerofex honed its skill-set and processes through development of approved flight structures for the air-transport and motion picture industries, as well as commercially successful products in the action sports industry. They know what they’re doing and they do it very well!
With an Estimate, Aerofex say that testing procedures allow humans to travel 15 feet in the air at speeds of about 30 miles per hour but that these limits are more cautious than they are limited by technology. In other words, they know they can go a great deal faster and take a lot more weight, but right now they are not willing to take the risk.
The ‘Hover Bike’ is controlled and reacts to the ‘pilot’s sense of gravity. If he tilts to the left, it tilts to the left, he tilts to the right, it tilts to the right. You get the picture. And although I put it in the simplest terms, that’s mainly because it’s a lot, lot deeper than that, to fit it all into one paragraph is pretty hard so you can read the full technical specs here
Below you can see the video demo of the working model:
This now begs the question, when are we likely to see something like this become available? The honest answer? To average Joes like you and I, probably never. But don’t let that dishearten you. This technology is very, very exciting for the likes of the military, specialist operations and the future of tough terrain transport. Avoiding explosive devices, completing difficult journeys that would normally take place on foot and moving so fast over desert sands is something that can prove very difficult and engineers are constantly looking to update and dominate. This could be the type of break-through technology we need to be looking at.
In the meanwhile, let’s keep on pretending we’ll have a go one day. It’s not completely out of the question that we’ll never set foot on anything like this, but actually owning one would probably imply that you live on Tatooine.
As stated before, the actual technology of the ‘bike’ is very detailed, however, the kind folks at Aerofex have made a video illustrating the way air is used to levitate the machine.