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VertiPod, the "Segway of the Sky" looks dangerous. I want.

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vertipod.jpgSegways never appealed to me; frankly whenever I see anyone pootling down the street in one - and, for good reason, it's not often - I want to place obstacles in their way. But how different if you could FLY in one! This isn't actually a Segway at all, but the VertiPod, which takes the concept of standing on a platform and steering, but makes you float five to 15 feet above the ground and achieve a top speed of 40mph.

You steer by leaning in the right direction, and it definitely looks a lot more manageable than a Bond-in-the-80s jet pack. Imagine the damage you can inflict on unwary pedestrians in this! It means digging deep in your pockets, though, as the self-assembly kit - which is hopefully more robust than an IKEA-style allen key arrangement - will be $10,000 (£5,000). The petrol or ethanol engine is powered with a pullstring, lawnmower style. Availability is as yet unknown, but we'll keep you posted.

[via Gizmodo]

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  • Guy S. from FL

    Too bad they are about 50 years late with this "new" technology.

    In the late 1950s Lackner Helicopters produced the "Heli-Vector" a counter rotating blade version of this with a higher speed and the ability to land on water or land. Designated the DH-4 or HZ-1 by the US Army and called the "aerocycle" by the media 12 were built for testing with the first flight in 1955.

  • Crisp

    Opinions are meant to be shared, dick-spit.

  • Phreqd

    I only feel that way about people who look like humps when hopping on the trendy "green" bandwagon.

  • cyclist

    "Segways never appealed to me; frankly whenever I see anyone pootling down the street in one - and, for good reason, it's not often - I want to place obstacles in their way."

    I guess that says more about you than the Segway or the rider of the Segway. Do you feel the same way about others trying to use environmentally friendly forms of transportation, like cyclists and pedestrians? Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean you have to share it and make a fool out of yourself.

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