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hypeserver's avatar

Hey what about my flying car?

Asked by hypeserver (442 points ) December 17th, 2008

Since the dawn of Sci-Fi the future has been predicted a little…differently. Some Sci-Fi has even inspired current technology (Star Trek showed a lot of gadgets before they existed in reality). When exactly do you think the world will achieve the feat of flying cars (No, I don’t mean already existing hovercars)? Is the world ready for the fast approaching 1950s Sci-Fi future? What early Sci-Fi gadget do you want to see in reality?

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El_Cadejo's avatar

You have to give a leg for it and while your under a crazy german scientist play with your bits first. ;)

charliecompany34's avatar

i would love for this jetsons-age to happen.

madcapper's avatar

I had seen a couple of years ago that they had made personal size planes, like the size of cars, that could be landed in your backyard. Vertical lift-off. what they have done wit this technology i do not know. Also I say a jacket made in Japan that rendered you invisible by using digital feed-back to reproduce your surroundings. Pretty damn cool but I still don;t have one :(

hypeserver's avatar

Yeah the jacket is actually kind of like a rain poncho and is a few thousand dollars to make I believe. Currently they do not sell them to the public and it’s still under development. I believe they showcased that at CES 2006 or CES 2007.

madcapper's avatar

@ hyperserver yeah I read about it in a popular mechanics a few years ago and I am still waiting until I can buy one! But I want a full body suit so I can be like a ninja and rob banks and such haha

hypeserver's avatar

Well the technology doesn’t exactly work like that. You can still see wrinkles in the “fabric” it’s made of.

El_Cadejo's avatar

whoops meant to post this with my first post.

madcapper's avatar

haha well with my superior sneaking skills I’l be virtually invisible!

hypeserver's avatar

When they put you in the back of a squad car tell Joe the bank security guard I said hi.

madcapper's avatar

haha ok but he might not be able to see me, even in the police car, and think it’s a voice from beyond the grave…

augustlan's avatar

I want my meals to come fully prepared, out of a tube (like at a bank drive-through)!

madcapper's avatar

it’s called the KFC famous bowl… check it and puke…

delirium's avatar

Energy efficient, wholly functional VR.
Teleportation.
Mini genetically engineered pandas and dinosaurs.

hypeserver's avatar

A mini t-rex may eat my dogs so for me that’s a no-go. As for teleportation “Beam me up Scotty.”

delirium's avatar

Think smaller, hype.
A few inches tall, perhaps.

hypeserver's avatar

It may still be able to bite my finger off. If a mini raptor escaped I probably wouldn’t be able to catch it.

delirium's avatar

As long as you raise it from a baby, it should be pretty mellow. And that’s what terrariums are for. If he escapes, put out some steak chopped in to tiny pieces on a plate in a warm spot and wait.

madcapper's avatar

mini pandas would be the shit! where can I sign up?

hypeserver's avatar

Mini Koala Bears ftw

delirium's avatar

Oh gosh, koalas. That would be lovely!

Knotmyday's avatar

Robot butlers.

hypeserver's avatar

My robot butler would probably rebel and try to kill me. “I’m sorry Dave. There’s no hiding from me Dave.”

RandomMrdan's avatar

Popular Science seems to think we might have them by 2025.

http://ppx.popsci.com/security/view.php?symbol=FLYINGCAR

hypeserver's avatar

Yes, maybe so, but look at popular science covers from the dawn of Sci-Fi. The said the same thing about we should have them by now.

RandomMrdan's avatar

we can only hope it’ll be as soon as 2025 I suppose.

hypeserver's avatar

I forgot the name of it, but there’s a car that runs on water, foot pedal pumps, electricity, and has a small gas backup tank. The car will be released in 2010 and will cost around $20,000 USD.

RandomMrdan's avatar

http://www.flytheroad.com/ these guys are pretty cool too, they come in both electric and hybrid. They didn’t mention a whole figure on price, but I’d imagine it’s close to 20k as well. (I think it’s technically considered a motorcycle too.) Watch the video clips, pretty cool.

hypeserver's avatar

If it’s not considered a car it would be considered a trike (motorized tricycle).

RandomMrdan's avatar

so does that mean I need to go get a trike license to drive one? or would I need a motorcycle drivers license?

hypeserver's avatar

There’s no such thing as a trike license. To ride a trike you need an “M” class motorcycle license for anything over 500 CCs I believe. Anything under 500 CCs you need an “L” class license. Those licenses apply for motorized scooters like vespas, honda, or yamaha. If you have an “M” class license you do not need to get an “L” class license to drive a motorized scooter.

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hypeserver's avatar

madcapper We weren’t talking about a license for the flying car. Maybe you should reread up a little.

talljasperman's avatar

an absorbacon…its a device in the DC comcis universe that gives knowledge instantly to the person wearing it…. sorta like the episode of “Spocks Brain” in where McCoy wore to bost his intelegence

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