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'Hoverboard' inventor Franky Zapata will cross the English Channel using his 'Flyboard...

By Polycount ยท 10 replies
Jul 22, 2019
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  1. Ever since the Back to the Future movies released, fans of sci-fi gadgets and futuristic tech in general have been hoping to ride a real-life hoverboard like the one Marty McFly pilots in the second film. While we're likely still a ways off from that sort of low-profile (but high tech) travel gear, other, less-subtle hoverboards do exist.

    Just look at what French inventor Franky Zapata came up with some time ago: a jet-powered hoverboard known as the "Flyboard Air." The Flyboard is a "personal aerial vehicle" that offers "unprecedented individual mobility." While Zapata isn't selling the device to the public yet (it reportedly costs $250,000 to acquire), he has done plenty of real-world marketing for it.

    He's taken it to various locations around the world and shown it off to the public; often posting clips of his feats to his YouTube channel. In one video, he zipped through Singapore and in others, he reached top speeds of 103.4 mph or flew around Paris' Bastille Day Parade.

    Now, to further demonstrate the Flyboard Air's impressive tech, Zapata has told The Guardian that he plans to cross the English Channel in a mere twenty minutes, with only one pit stop for refueling. The spectacle is currently set to take place "this week," though a specific day has not been mentioned just yet.

    The English Channel is a pretty large body of water, so picking the right location to cross was crucial for Zapata -- as such, he's chosen to start his journey in Sangatte, ending it in St. Margaret's Bay. Zapata's Flyboard is expected to hit top speeds of 87 mph, which is a bit lower than what the vehicle has proven capable of in the past (probably for fuel efficiency and/or safety reasons).

    If you want to see the event for yourself, Zapata will most likely publish at least part of his journey on his YouTube channel.

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  2. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 195   +169

    Why is he holding an assault rifle in the first picture O_o??
  3. Fuksito

    Fuksito TS Rookie

    because it was a military parade in France
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,533   +3,913

    I think we've just seen the replacement for the Ski-do!
  5. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 195   +169

    Thanks for the context.
  6. Ean Mogg

    Ean Mogg TS Booster Posts: 124   +54

    He's been trying to flog it in Europe for years but as it's harder to fly than an aerial skateboard as you had to balance with two hands and couldn't use a gun as was shown in the Paris display and it has not been doing well in military circles because of that..
  7. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 423   +423

    It's not been viable bacause it's hard to use?
    How ridiculous.

    If the military want to use it they need to develop a neural interface.

    For civilian use gyroscopes and hand controls will suffice although costs, skill, training and legislation are harder to overcome.
  8. Zordon

    Zordon TS Rookie

    Green Goblin would be proud !!
    Odium likes this.
  9. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 888   +427

    I am so happy to live in this time. Technology is amazing.
    treetops likes this.
  10. loki1944

    loki1944 TS Addict Posts: 183   +120

    Bastille Day exhibition.
  11. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +349

    20mins to cross the channel but it needs new batteries half way?! so it only runs 10mins at a time??!!

    I mean it looks awesome fun but that's a very impractical run time. Still this tech could cost way less for working on live power lines instead of a helicopter for example if it had more runtime.

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