While we wait for MGM to get its act together and start making James Bond movies again, real life is going to pass 007 by.
Geekologie tipped us off to the latest formerly-science-fiction, now-science-fact item of the week: jetpacks. The tech company JetLev has been working on the development of a water-powered jetpack for some time. Now that they've finally crafted a successful model, they're getting ready to roll them out for sale this summer. Which means in just a few short months you can start robbing priceless diamonds from highly-fortified compounds, all while dodging gunfire as you make your skybound escape.
But how much is one of these jetpacks going to cost?
Starting price for the purchase of your own personal jetpack is going to be a whopping $136,000, but if you think that's too much, maybe this video demonstration will change your mind.
OK, if that still wasn't enough to convince you to take out a second mortgage, JetLev is also in negotiations with several vacation resorts to offer jetpack rides as recreational services.
The JetLev jetpack works by sucking water up through a hose and propelling it out the back with up to 500 pounds of thrust. It's powerful enough to carry you 30 feet in the air at a speed of 22 mph. Basically, it's the same thing as a 'Three Stooges' short where they play firemen and Curly loses control of the hose, and he starts flying around the room. Only this time, it's slightly more dignified. If you're worried about looking foolish, just close your eyes and imagine you look like this: