Have you ever wanted to fly around and hover above ground? A British man, Colin Furze, invented a homemade hoverbike. The hoverbike is functional and can lift several inches above the ground, but it still needs some work. Is the human-sized drone in the making?
UPI reports that the hoverbike still has some issues that need to be figured out before the British inventor can market his new invention, such as the steering and proper seating.
“Considering the amount of time I’ve spent on this and the fact this is my first EVER attempt at making anything that leaves the ground this is well and truly a job well done, it’s easy to overlook the true scale of what takes to make something like this work at all.”
Unlike the “hoverseat” used on a hoverboard, Furze was unable to use proper seating in the hoverbike, as it would be too heavy to lift off of the ground. Furze also mentioned that a normal steering mechanism and brakes would also be too heavy for the hover bike.
Colin Furze also invented many other interesting things, such as the ejector bed. The ejector bed quickly flings people off of their beds.
“Anyone who could still stay asleep when this goes off is not human.”
Another cool invention created by Furze was the firework rocket launcher, the drift trike, and even underground bunkers. See how Furze invented an underground bunker here!
Daily Mail revealed that someday, soldiers could possibly be traveling like stormtroopers. Another New Zealand inventor, Malloy Aeronautics, has a plan sought out for a fully functioning hoverbike; however, it hasn’t been fully developed. Malloy and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are currently working together to create the perfect hoverbike as a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV).
“The hoverbike flies like a quadcopter, and can be flown unmanned or manned, while being a safe – low level aerial workhorse with low on-going maintenance.”
Furze has also been awarded multiple certificates from the Guinness Book of World Records, including the largest bonfire, the longest motorcycle, and the fastest speed on a mobility scooter.
Let’s take a look at some other awesome flying inventions created by other inventors. BBC announces the water jet pack invention, which uses a high power jet of water to lift a person into the air. It basically sucks water into a backpack, then the water blasts out of two pipes causing the person to fly high up into the air.
Yves Rossy invented a jet wing, which attaches to his back and allows him to fly high into the sky. The jet wing can fly up to 150 mph. Another invention with varying success is the hoverboard and as of now, it is not available for purchase.
According to his YouTube video, Furze does not have any engineering qualifications, nor has he ever flown before making his invention all the more jaw-dropping. Furze built the hoverbike out of spare parts and pieces right in his home garage.
The video shows the hoverbike still has some issues with landing. You can see Furze putting his feet down and basically jumping off to avoid injury from the propellers. Just one more obstacle for Furze to overcome. Overall, the hoverbike certainly has a good start and with some work, could possibly be the ride of the future!
See a video of Furze’s hoverbike here. Looks like a pretty awesome invention!
There you have it. The future is certainly looking up. Wouldn’t it be something if everyone could travel around on a hoverbike?
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