Residents of Linz, Austria recently saw lights in the sky. 50 of them, actually, as that's the number of quadrotors that took to the air to perform a synchronized light show as part of the country's Ars Electronica tech expo.
When we posted about the FlyNano last year, there was (apparently) some skepticism about whether it was anything more than a fanciful idea. Footage released this week shows the airplane undergoing flight testing on Monday, equipped with a new battery-powered engine.
When you look at this 1947 photo of an in-flight "life pod" it's hard to believe anyone would willingly travel in it. So why then was Sir Winston Churchill — one of the saviors of the free world at the time — traveling in this formidable looking pod?
It's estimated 10 million travelers the world over were thrown into chaos in 2010 when Iceland's Eyjafjallajõkull volcano erupted unleashing a giant ash clouds that circled the globe. Planes were grounded amidst fears the ash could be sucked into the turbines causing engine failure.
We all want jetpacks, but the only way they'll ever be affordable is if they're good for something besides being a plot device for James Bond movies. Martin Aircraft, the guys who have one of the few commercially available jetpacks in existence, have some thoughts about why these things might actually make sense.
It may look sort of like a lawnmower, but this aircraft from an Austrian research company uses rapidly spinning cylinders with airfoils inside to hover and maneuver just like a helicopter.
It's looking more and more like the Martin jetpack (or rather, ducted fanpack) is going to be the first personal jetpack that you can actually go out and buy. Last week, the it got even closer to showrooms with a successful test of its rocket-launched parachute emergency safety system.
Last Friday, the 51-year-old daredevil Yves "Jetman" Rossy became the first man to ever do an aerial loop in a jet-powered wingsuit. Holy moly.
Humans can't fly. But that doesn't stop some truly crazy humans from trying. Just take a look at this video of wing-suit enthusiast Jeb Corliss soaring over mountains and through ravines like he's attached to a rocket.
As a companion computer around the home, the iPad clearly shines. It's light enough to cart around, you can hold it or set it in your lap or on a stand, and it gives you a breezy connection to the...