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I Want To Ride My Bicycle—Into The Future

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Aerofex hoverbikeFuturists think a lot about what transportation might look like. Will we travel via bullet train or hyperloop? Who and what will take us to space? Are those hoverboards coming anytime soon? jetpacks? In the future, I plan to keep riding my bike, I’ll pass on that smartwheel, thank you very much. The bike as we know it, however, might look drastically different, and they’ll likely be able to do all kinds of things bikes of today can’t.

For cyclists who think that turning wheels on the ground has gotten old, there’s a hover bike in the works. Aerofex is working on a “bike” that looks more like Annakin’s pod racer from The Phantom Menace. Powered by ducted fans, it reaches heights of approximately 15 feet. There’s a conceptual prototype, and the company is now developing a usable version. But unless you’re on Tatooine, the hover bike probably won’t ever enter the consumer market.

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Two Swedish Entrepreneurs Develop An Invisible Bike Helmet

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Hovding helmetI’m an admitted Swedephile. I don’t even care if I made up that word. My ancestors come from Sweden, and when I traveled there, I was overwhelmed by the competence of everyone and everything. Trains are on time to the minute. Every house I saw, even the hostels, had recycling and composting bins. They have electric buses. They’ve got universal health care, free education, and the smallest discrepancy in pay between men and women doing the same jobs. And every Swede I met spoke better English than I do. So now add to the list of Swedish accomplishments the invisible bike helmet. The gal above is wearing one and the guy below is too. If you look really, really hard, you just might be able to make it out.