The Segway of the sky will fly in early 2008 thanks to Pete Bitar of Air Buoyant. The Vertipod is designed to be a $10,000 kit for the do-it-yourself fly boys. Flying on the one-person device is as easy as standing on the platform, firing up the helicopter-like blades, and lifting off, then leaning to steer.
"Classified as an ultralight aircraft, the propeller-powered VertiPod's simple controls could spark a transportation revolution," Wired said.
"'It's kind of the first step toward the flying car,' said Air Buoyant President and CEO Pete Bitar. 'We call it the Segway of the sky. It has a rudder that steers it laterally, but you just lean in the direction you want to go."
So what if the promise made to every young boy in 1950 only took a few decades to happen?