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Ayn Rand would be proud.

Posted by sdesapio 5 years, 2 months ago to Science
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This is absolutely the coolest thing I've seen in some time. Just jaw dropping.

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  • Posted by $ allosaur 5 years, 2 months ago
    Reminds old dino of the hover board in a Back To The Future movie.
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    • Posted by term2 5 years, 2 months ago
      science fiction movies are not so fictional after all.
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      • Posted by $ allosaur 5 years, 2 months ago
        Jules Verne to that. The fiction of HG Wells remains a bit tall tale stretched with such novels as The Time Machine and the weird civilization found in First Men IN The Moon, but he got it right with his The Land Ironclads story before the Brits invented tanks.
        I've read how Star Trek's hand communicator inspired the cell phone.
        Now if we can only learn to beam people up without having them turn into a fly.
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  • Posted by $ nickursis 5 years, 2 months ago
    A great example of engineering and thinking in terms of "what if" vs "why we can't". Now to get some range and you could use it to commute and travel short trips.
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  • Posted by term2 5 years, 2 months ago
    It looks cool, BUT

    It cant give you much flying time without running out of some sort of currently available fuel. Needs a more powerful fuel.

    I can see why he is flying over WATER !!! Unexpected landings due to many factors could be interesting over land.

    Its definitely the new direction in hoverboards, though. It would need some sort of ejection "seat" technology with a good parachute.

    Maybe anti gravity technology would make it a bit more practical and safe.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 2 months ago
    It is waaaay cool.
    However, in my case, I'd need a seat, a safety belt, a steering wheel and two assistants. But if anyone in the Gulch who thinks he or she can do it, you shouldn't wait a minute to see if you can try it.
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    • Posted by term2 5 years, 2 months ago
      Its potentially very unsafe in its current form. Doesnt mean it could never work. Maybe anti-gravity technology would take some of the danger out of it.
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  • Posted by wiggys 5 years, 2 months ago
    I am sure she would applaud this human accomplishment. However, will this piece of equipment serve a purpose beyond basically a rich man's toy or used in vacation locations where people can fly over the ocean. Some times human ingenuity does not amount to a benefit for humanity.
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    • Posted by $ jdg 5 years, 2 months ago
      Most major new inventions are a rich man's toys for a long time, usually decades, before they become mass marketable.

      Consider the mobile phone. As a kid in 1966 I met somebody's uncle who had one once. The phone cost more than the Cadillac it was installed in.

      Then there were the home computers of the 1970s. The Imsai had a whole 8K of memory. It took up the space of three 4-drawer file cabinets, plus a large desktop screen and keyboard, drew hundreds of amps of power, and cost about $30k in an era when you could buy a nice house for $35k.
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 5 years, 2 months ago
    I think this is fake. Where is the power source to provide such lift? Why is it over water? Is that significant?

    I have a suspicion that this is a touched up compilation of a few different things, one of which is hydro hoverboarding.
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