A team from Toronto have become the first to build a pedal-powered helicopter based on Da Vinci's design.
It has taken several centuries but technology has finally caught up with the Italian genius' plans for a helicopter device powered entirely by a person pedaling underneath the rotor blades. A team of engineers in Canada have scooped a $250,000 prize by winning an international competition that was initiated more than 33 years ago.
"It's like you're biking along the street and someone came and just picked up your bike, and now you're floating," said team leader Todd Reichert. "This isn't something that you're going to commute to work in any time soon, but it's an exercise in really pushing the limits on what's physically possible, and what you can do with lightweight materials and really creative design."
"It is one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous inventions – that was never thought possible."
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