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California-based company Aerofex has developed a working hoverbike that uses ducted fan technology and can be controlled by knee movements of the pilot. The ducted fans have been around since the 60s, but Aerofex has only now utilized them in this capacity with enough stability for the pilot to have control over the vehicle’s movements.

 Aerofex Hoverbike on its Way to Star Wars Speeder Status

The hoverbike was presented at the American Helicopter Society Future Vertical Lift Conference in San Francisco recently. While a manned production version is enticing, they’re holding off and focusing on a drone version first.

[via The Creators Project]

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Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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