Awesome Stuff: Flying Cars, Hover Bikes And Ultrasonic Levitation
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For this week’s awesome stuff post about interesting crowdfunding projects, we’ve got three campaigns that have to do with… leaving the ground behind in some form or another. I’m not sure any of them are practical, but let’s not let reality get in the way of fun ideas.
- The OverDrive Flying Car
Where’s my flying car? That line has been repeated for decades, after the futuristic promises of the 1950s never really came to be. Every so often someone tries it, though, and the latest is The OverDrive — a sports car that turns into a flying car. Well, in theory. At this point, it doesn’t seem to be much beyond a plan and a remote controlled-scale model. It’s kind of a moonshot idea and you’d have to believe in the guy behind it to bet on it — especially since you’re not actually buying much here, just supporting his vision. So far, it doesn’t look like he’s going to get anywhere near the $250,000 he’s seeking, but dreamer’s gotta dream.
Okay, moving slightly down the “ambitiousness” scale, how about a Hoverbike that is kind of like a giant quadcopter drone… but that a person can (theoretically) ride. That’s sort of the idea, though what these guys are really selling is the 1/3-scale model drone. In other words, it’s really just a drone that they’re selling, with the idea that one day they’d like to make a hoverbike version of it.
- Ultrasonic Levitation
Moving way, way, way, way down the ambitiousness scale to something that’s actually more plausible, there’s the ultrasonic levitation device that will allow you to make tiny, little things float in the air. Kinda neat in a science-experimenty way. The guy behind it hopes that it will inspire people to build real hoverboards, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
That’s it for this week. Feel free to go outside without too much worry about flying cars and hoverbikes zooming around just yet…
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