Why isn’t it The Future yet?
A few years ago we were in Crete enjoying an excellent spinach and feta pie. Sitting by the sea in Chania, we suddenly noticed a small blob appear in the distance. Within a couple of minutes, that blob got larger until we became aware it was a boat. In the sky. Flying towards us.
We looked at the table; no one had broken out the Reiki yet, we looked at each other, and then we turned our heads to see this flying boat come to a smooth landing in the harbour. It pulled up right in front of us.
For those of you who haven’t seen a flying boat in the flesh, they do exist. The FIB (Flying Inflatable Boat) is apparently an advantageous form of transport. Combining two of the most horrific ways to travel in one – flying and sailing – it’s hard to understand what purpose this serves. It’s not as if the sea is known for congestion. Surely ‘sailing jams’ aren’t a common problem when you are cruising around the med?
Fibs aren’t the only weird hybrid flying around at the moment.
Kalashnikov, yes the guys who brought you the AK-47, have just released a video for their latest ‘must have’ invention. A flying motorcycle.
We all know Russia is a little bit nuts. But the idea of a flying motorcycle is possibly a bit too bonkers for us. It is said the vehicle is similar to a quadcopter drone, propelled by four rotors. It doesn’t look particularly convenient, easy to park or to benefit the rider in any practical way. Have you ever tried to fly a drone? Not really as easy as it looks is it?
Another Russian company, Hoversurf, has also released a prototype for their hoverbike. They call it “A revolution in human mobility” however the video doesn’t seem to resemble any revolution we’ve seen. Particularly since the hoverbike only gives around 30cm of ground clearance. Not enough to fly over the queues of traffic in city rush hours.
We aren’t entirely convinced that our roads will soon be littered with hovering, futuristic machines but check out the video and let us know what you think!