Move over, Tony Stark. We’ve got a new tech genius in town – and no, he’s not fiction at all.
Meet Richard Browning, a 38-year-old inventor from UK who made waves after creating a body-controlled jet engine power suit similar to that one of popular Marvel character Iron Man.
Tagged by many as a “real-life Iron Man suit”, Browning’s invention has earned him a Guinness Record.
In an event held before spectators at Lagoona Park in Reading, Berkshire, Browning demonstrated the capabilities of his kerosene-fueled micro gas turbine suit and successfully scored a record after beating the 30mph benchmark during Guinness World Records Day in 2017
Although he failed on his first two attempts, Browning nailed it on the third and final try, reaching a speed of 32.02mph.
The engineer shared:
“I am delighted we have set the record, and I have no doubt that this is just the beginning…
“I’m very proud indeed to be part of Guinness World Records Day, it is a pleasure and a privilege to have our unique creation recognized and celebrated all around the world.”
It’s definitely not easy as it looks.
As Browning pointed out:
“In hindsight it looks easy, but it was actually arriving at the layout of engines we’ve got. You look at it now and think ‘that’s obvious’ but it wasn’t. Even as simple as holding your arm out, should you have one here [points to one side of his wrist] or here [points to the other side]? Should you have four engines? Three engines? How should they be spread, should they be higher on your arm?”
The suit sure looks straight out of a sci-fi flick!
The suit can be controlled by arm movements and, in true Iron Man fashion, has a screen inside the helmet that shows its fuel level.
According to Browning, his fascination with human flight propulsion was his main motivation as he worked on the suit. Eventually, the invention cost him £40,000 (around US$ 55,788) to build but it’s been totally worth it.
Now Browning often gets invited at different events across the world so he can show his invention.
Watch this video to see Browning’s suit in progress:
Now watch it in action here:
Naturally, his next goal is to break his own record.
“I really think we can go on and smash it. I have every confidence we can…
“The suit could actually reach several hundred miles per hour, but the difficulty is being able to reach higher speeds safely and in a straight line.”
Here’s Richard Browning giving a TED Talk:
Elon Musk To Launch 4,000 Satellites Across The Globe To Provide High-Speed Internet
The high-speed internet can be accessed even in remote areas around the planet.
Over the past years, the world has undergone massive changes in terms of technology. But still, even though many parts of the world enjoy high-speed internet, some countries are lagging behind.
In third world countries, the internet service is expensive yet the people receive a slow connection. Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind SpaceX and Tesla, may have the solution to this problem.
He plans to launch about 4,000 satellites across the globe to provide high-speed internet, even in far-flung areas.
Introducing Lilium Jet, The World’s First Electric Flying Taxi
The makers claim it can fly as fast as a Formula One car.
Flying cars may no longer be just a thing of the future. One Munich-based company has introduced what they claim to be the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing jet, which pretty much looks like a flying car. Lilium Aviation last year did a test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype called the Lilium Jet. They also call it an 'air taxi.'
The Lilium Jet takes off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerates into forward flight using wing-borne lift. It is powered by 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps. Only small and inexpensive landing pads that, according to the creators of the aircraft, can be made by anyone are needed.
The aircraft is still being further developed.
Airfish 8: The Unique Sea-Craft That Could Revolutionize Island Travel
The Airfish 8 could revolutionize travel between thousands of islands in the Philippines, Indonesia, Polynesia and the Caribbean.
Traveling to popular or even secluded island destinations will require you to get on the plane or ride a boat. Even then, there are certain areas that ferries and boats cannot reach. But with the existence of the unique marine vessel, called Airfish 8, traveling to those areas can be a lot easier.
Running on a race car engine and bearing the look of a seaplane, the Airfish 8 can revolutionize the way people travel. Developed by Singapore-based firm Wigetworks, the craft doesn't need a runway to dock as it can easily land on water, which means harder-to-reach areas like remote islands will be much easier for holidaymakers.