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Defense firm buys out hoverboard company

By T.K. Randall
July 24, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments

The technology is nothing if not impressive. Image Credit: YouTube / Flyboard by ZR
The jet-powered Flyboard Air hoverboard may soon be seeing use in a range of military applications.
Originally developed by Zapata Industries, the impressive device looks more like the jet glider used by the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man comics than Marty McFly's Back to the Future hoverboard.

Demonstrated back in April, the Flyboard Air is capable of propelling its pilot high in to the sky at speeds of up to 93mph while maintaining a stable and controlled flight.
It isn't clear exactly what the firm's new owner, Implant Sciences, intends to do with this technology however the company, which is known for developing machines that can detect explosives, has already mentioned such applications as 'flying medical stretchers' and 'floating rescue stations'.

"You can call it a hoverboard, call it a Flyboard, call it independent transportation - you have a potential game-changing technology in a space where you can define the market," said Robert Liscouski, the president of Implant Sciences.

"It's got a wow factor that you can't ignore. The first reaction is ‘Holy crap, is that real?' And then once you get past that you're like ‘Wow, I can really see that applying to a lot of things.'"

Source: IB Times | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Can para-demons be far behind?   
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
Perhaps some green, goblin-like uniforms are next?
Comment icon #3 Posted by NiteMarcher 7 years ago
Don't need an auto to make short runs...nice. Would it harm auto makers? The only reason I can see the military purchasing the entire firm, is that they don't want this item to become available to the public.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Existentiallyours 7 years ago
It's gonna get used for search and rescue and recon/rescue composite missions
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
They're going to need some crazy noise reduction because those suckers are loud!
Comment icon #6 Posted by UFOwatcher 7 years ago
I wonder what the reaction would be to someone firing a rifle, or RPG?
Comment icon #7 Posted by aquatus1 7 years ago
Military doesn't buy firms.  They buy from firms.  Military isn't good at running businesses.

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