Hover bike: Star Wars technology brought to life

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California-based firm Aerofex created an aerial vehicle with two ducted rotors instead of wheels, which originates from a design abandoned in the 1960s because of stability and rollover problems.

The aerospace firm managed to fix the stability issue by creating a mechanical system — controlled by two control bars at knee-level — that allows the vehicle to respond to a human pilot's leaning movements and natural sense of balance, Innovation News daily reports.

"Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATV's [all-terrain vehicles]," said Mark De Roche, an aerospace engineer and founder of Aerofex.

The hover bike does not require special training and could become a useful tool in agriculture, border control and search-and-rescue operations.

“Imagine personal flight as intuitive as riding a bike,” reads the firm's website. “Or transporting a small fleet of first-responder craft in the belly of a passenger transport. Think of the advantages of patrolling borders without first constructing roads.”
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not quite star wars.. but getting there..
 
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Was anyone else a little cunt in their youth, nicking dustcaps and the like? I feel for future generations who will miss out on this mindless pleasure in a world of hovercrafts and flying bikes
 

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Was anyone else a little cunt in their youth, nicking dustcaps and the like?

yeah, what was it with our obsession with having the best dustcaps on our bikes?

i had some sick ones with a little enamel VW logo on them, big pimpin'
 
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