I’m a huge Star Wars fan (surprise!), and one of my favorite scenes from Return of the Jedi is the chase through the forest of Endor on “Speeder Bikes”, hovering nerdgasms of awesomeness. Scientists have been grappling with such “hover” technology for decades, but a video that has been blowing up on the Internet has given hope to a new generation of nerds that we might one day ride such a vehicle.
The video, from defense contractor Aeromax, briefly shows a rider hovering inches off the desert proving ground. The hover bike is neither fast nor agile, though the rider steers the vehicle by leaning left or right. Holy freakin’ crap, this thing is cool.
Aeromax has even reportedly developed technology to keep dust and debris away, as the video shows. Alas, don’t expect to see hover bikes in stores anytime soon; the technology is being developed with unmanned drones in mind. However, after seeing the response from the Internet, maybe some clever corporate types with reconsider that business plan.
Hover technology could open a whole new world of sustainable transportation technology. Current cars suffer from a lot of rolling resistance at the point of road contact, i.e. the tires. While one can’t eliminate wind resistance, hovering vehicles could open up new possibilities when it comes to fuel efficient travel.
Also, HOVER BIKES!!!!!111