This Finnish-built flying boat made its maiden flight a few days ago, taking off from a lake and soaring into the air. The FlyNano, made by a startup by the same name, is a recreational vehicle with no wheels — and it looks like fun.
FlyNano seems pretty affordable at €32,000, or about $40,500 U.S. You’ll also want a storage trailer, which sells for around $6,600. The company wants to start production next year and deliver its first 35 planes, which have been pre-sold, by the end of 2013.
In May, inventor Glenn Martin—along with fire-rescue officers and crews on board a pair of chase helicopters—watched as his jetpack flew for nine minutes and 43 seconds, soaring 3,500 feet into the New Zealand sky. Had the machine been holding a live person instead of a 150-pound dummy, it would have smashed the record for the longest and highest jetpack flight ever.
From 007s jetpack in Thunderball
to his iconic laser-equipped Omega watch, the James Bond movie
franchise has always had its finger on the pulse of its audiences
gadget lust. We at PopSci were a bit disappointed at the dearth of gizmos in this years Casino Royale (which for some reason—cha-ching—were
mostly made by Sony), but our discussion about the current film sparked
a debate in the office about spy gear from Bond films past. Which was
the sexiest weapon? (The venom boots in From Russia With Love.)
The best vehicle? (Depends whether you want your car to swim or fly.)
The deadliest accessory? (Gotta be that briefcase.) In the end, we
compiled a list of our 15 favorite Bond gadgets of all time. Peruse
them in the photo gallery, here. —Fred Koschmann
Share your own favorites with us in the comments section below.
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