"The jetpack has finally arrived." The Jetlev R200 ($99,500), created by a Florida start-up, makes Jules Verne–style flight possible by using high-powered water jets to push the user aloft. The device doesn't offer complete aerial freedom: It can only be used over open water and a hose connects the pack to a floating pod that contains a loud engine. Intense concentration is required. But once you get the knack, you can soar 28 feet in the air, hit 22 mph, and enjoy an adrenaline surge. Jetpacks, it turns out, "really are as fun as we imagined." Source: Popular Mechanics
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