Where's your jetpack? It's underwater
The Underwater Jet Pack is designed to let users perform underwater acrobatics using forearm thrusters
Who wouldn't like to fly around underwater? You can already sort of do so using devices such as the SeaBob, although you're still basically just "along for the ride." If SCP Marine Innovations' Underwater Jet Pack reaches production, however, it looks like it should provide an experience much closer to that of being Aquaman.
The current functioning prototype incorporates two forearm-worn marine thrusters, that are powered by a hard-wired lithium-ion battery pack worn on the abdomen. By holding their arms out in front of themselves and then angling them one way or another, users are able to steer by thrust vectoring. A hand-held control unit is used to adjust speed.
SCP founders Simon and Chris Parke are now trying to raise funds for commercial development of the system, on the ShareIn crowdsourcing site. They hope to have the Underwater Jet Pack available for purchase next year, at an estimated price of £3,500 (US$5,700).
The prototype can be seen in use (albeit sped up in editing) in the video below.
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An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.
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Nearly $6,000 dollars for a couple small thrusters and a battery?
Where will I were my scuba tanks if the battery pack is on my back. And are you serious?? $5700 for this when I can buy a Sea Doo for $400-$500!!
Or get working ones for your legs: http://www.patriot3.com/maritime-products1/jetboots
We often see people making price comparisons with Sea-Doo seascooters, or comments about how easy it must be to throw together a couple of thrusters and a battery.
The Sea-Doo seascooters are great products and have been instrumental in creating a leisure marine propulsion market, but we're bringing something different to the consumer market.
If the battery runs dead or malfunctions do you sink?
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