Innovation of the day: The Martin jetpack

The Martin jetpackWho: Glenn Martin

What: The Martin Jetpack.

What does it do?

It lets you fly.

What problem does it solve?

That evolutionary hiccup that means we have to use our legs to get places. Potentially solves traffic congestion.

A success?

The Martin Jetpack bills itself as the world's first practical jetpack. Built by a Kiwi, it made Time magazine's list of the top 50 inventions of 2010. The jetpack has a purpose-built engine driving twin-ducted fans which produce enough thrust to lift the aircraft and pilot in vertical takeoff and landing, allowing sustained flight. I'm not exactly sure what this means, but it sounds cool. Two versions of the Martin Jetpack are in their final stages of development. Originally built with the leisure market in mind, it turns out that the jetpack may have other applications in emergency response and defence.

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