Water-fueled "jet pack"

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30 Responses to “Water-fueled "jet pack"”

  1. jfrancis says:

    I almost bought one, but I’m waiting for the gasoline / twin flamethrower version. People of Earth! Fear me!

  2. Anonymous says:

    You could buy an airplane for the same price.

  3. merreborn says:
    Still a bloody waste of water.

    I don’t think that the water is being ejected to another dimension.

    Potable water is a precious, limited commodity. And once potable water is sprayed out of this contraption, it ceases to be potable.

    We really do need to be cautious with our water use.
    http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/16-05/ff_peakwater

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      And once potable water is sprayed out of this contraption, it ceases to be potable.

      Isn’t he in a lake? With speedboats and jet-skis? Do we think that water districts will allow jet packs in reservoirs?

  4. The Unusual Suspect says:

    And what happens when you fly a little too high and drag your water supply hose out of the lake?

  5. jimkirk says:

    So I can go 22 mph, until the hose runs out.

    Reminds me of those plug-in electric cars, complete with extra long extension cord.

  6. Editz says:

    I’d hate to suck a fish into that thing while three stories up.

  7. Brainspore says:

    @ Jimkirk:

    The pump trails along behind you in the lake. It’s not for commuting, it’s for fun- like a jet ski. That can FLY.

  8. Takuan says:

    any liquid could serve as reaction mass. A tanker truck of slaughterhouse blood for example.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I prefer the original, even though the hydrogen peroxide empties out way too fast! Somebody got to have a better solution!

  10. freeyourcrt says:

    Too bad about the umbilical cord.

  11. pentomino says:

    1. he’s not wearing a helmet?

    2. Hey, Super Mario Sunshine!

    3. Wait a minute. Mario never wears a helmet!

  12. dougrogers says:

    Only 130 grand? not bad.. The baking soda ones are 250 grand.

  13. Avram / Moderator says:

    You can fly over farmland and irrigate crops at the same time.

  14. Brainspore says:

    Isn’t this a re-post?

    I still like the idea of flying firefighters though.

  15. Guysmiley says:

    Powered needs to be in quotes as well.

    Is a car “rubber powered” because it uses wheels to move?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Still a bloody waste of water.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Still a bloody waste of water.

      I don’t think that the water is being ejected to another dimension.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This looks amazingly fun, but calling it “water-fueled” is misleading.

    The water jets are just the means of propulsion. The article mentions a (presumably gas-fueled) 260hp engine that powers the onboard pump to creates the jets.

  18. LOLvis says:

    It’s a grown-up version of one of the most awesome toys ever:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ZeS6vF1-M

  19. Anonymous says:

    @23

    I like the way you think.

    I wonder if they guy who did the art installation featuring the cube full of semen still has it all…

    Man 1: “Is that guy flying towards us?”

    Man 2: “Huh? Wait. What’s that smell?”

    Man 1: “RUN! OH GOD RUN!”

    Me: “Muhahaha!”

  20. mdh says:

    And once potable water is sprayed out of this contraption, it ceases to be potable.

    because nothing poisons water like pumping it?

  21. Newman says:

    You guys previously posted this to BBGadgets, along with the promo video: http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/04/28/jetlev-a-jetpack-you.html

    …and I still stand by my previous statement: I want one!

  22. shadowfirebird says:

    He’s not flying. He’s still attached to the ground. That pipe is not a tether, it’s part of the propulsion system.

    Might as well buy a small crane and a large garden hose.

  23. jimkirk says:

    Brainspore, Ahh.. thank you!

  24. dougrogers says:

    I need one to water the lawn.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Why is that guy’s hair blue? Did he drink antiparalytic food colouring?

  26. Clemoh says:

    Heaven forbid that you should accidentally swing your leg under one of those jets. Instant self-flaying.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Of all the things to do with a new jet-pack, who’s crazy idea was it to give it to the Hitler impersonator?

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