We weren’t there when one of the most important events in the history of tech took place. Then again, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone these days who was. But if the Wright brothers were making their first flying machine today, we imagine it might have looked something like this.
Three Czech companies have partnered to make a prototype of a flying bike. It uses an electric bicycle as its base, and the remote-controlled rig actually got some lift — and a safe landing — at its five-minute demo flight in an exhibition hall in Prague. The bike resembles a chunky mountain bike, weighing in at 209 pounds, and boasts battery-powered propellers — two in the front, a pair in the back, and one on each side.
So how long will it be before we can fly around in our favorite Cannondale or Stromer? Probably quite some time. A dummy saddled up for this flight, but according to a representative at Duchek, a bicycle-frame maker, higher capacity batteries would be required for an actual manned flight.
Well, powerful batteries are already available, but they’re so big and heavy, they’d probably keep the whole thing kissing the ground. Bummer. Well, at least it keeps Speedos from polluting our skies, so there’s that.