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Forget About Flying Cars and Hoverboards! Japan’s One-Man Electric Helicopter Is The Future

I seriously want one!

If Marty McFly really traveled to 2015, I suspect he’d probably be disappointed that we still don’t have flying cars or hoverboards. But hey, I’m guessing he will be impressed that something like this is already in development.

Meet Hirobo’s BIT – an innovative electric helicopter designed for a single user.

First displayed last year at the Japan Aerospace show, this sweet ride is originally intended to hit the market by 2020. If things go as planned though, it might be available next year.

The Hirobo BIT is a personal electric helicopter expected to hit the market in 2016.

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Photo credit: HeliOps Magazine

Online reports vary regarding the price of this cool personal helicopter but Takahiro Koboyashi, Overseas Group Sales Manager of Hirobo, has been quoted saying each unit would be sold around US $240,000.

Of course, the Hirobo company has always been known in the industry as a manufacturer of unmanned electric helicopter. This time, they are putting their expertise to crafting this amazing one-person electric helicopter.

Just like videogames, this one-person electric helicopter is driven using joysticks.

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Photo credit: Gizmag

Details are scarce as of the moment but so far, we’ve discovered that the Hirobo BIT has 2 counter-rotating rotors and is controlled with a joystick – not unlike playing a videogame. It’s also been said that it will have a maximum speed of 60mph (97 kph) for a 30-minute range.

See the Hirobo BIT upclose in this video:

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We hope the company would upload test flight videos soon so we can see this cool chopper in action.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for further developments!

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H/T: Gizmag, HeliOps Magazine, Technologic Vehicle

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Blue Origin Makes History With Launch And Landing Of Reusable Rocket

Here’s a game-changer in the field of space tourism!

Blue Origin has just officially made history.

Last November 23, 2015, the space tourism company launched and landed the New Shepard - a space rocket designed to reach space and return back to Earth. This innovative rocket is definitely the first of its type in the history of mankind.

The rocket made it to a height of 62.4 miles (100.5 kilometers) which is officially beyond the space boundary of 62 miles (100 kilometers). This, of course, is a big slap on the face for SpaceX, a rival company that has been aiming to achieve a similar feat with their very own Falcon 9 rocket. ...

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This New Alzheimer’s Drug Has Astonishing Side Effect – it Seems to Slow Ageing!

Look and feel young all over again!

Sometimes great scientific discoveries are made by accident.

This team of researchers from Salk Institute in La Jolla, California has stumbled upon an exciting but unexpected side effect with the Alzheimer’s drug they are working on. Aside from its potential to prevent the dreaded brain disease, it seems that J147 also brings “better memory and cognition, healthier blood vessels in the brain, and other improved physiological features,” according to Salks’ website.

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Awesome Wheel Design Allows You to Change Directions Without Turning

It could help you move forward, backward, or sideways with ease and precision.

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Forklift operators may sometimes find it a challenge to maneuver in cramped spaces. It would probably be more convenient if their vehicles will allow them to move in any direction without turning to save more time and effort. Conventional wheels are not designed for such movements. Fortunately, the OMNI-directional wheels are far from ordinary.

These fork trucks and aerial lifts with OMNI-directional wheels were designed to help forklift and scissor lift operators move in and around warehouses with ease.

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