How cool would it be if, like, you could actually fly? We’re not talking about in a plane or paragliding, you smart alecs. But really, truly flying.
Well, if you’ve got the cash, your dream of leaving us earthly landlubbers behind can be a reality because Selfridges is now selling a real-life, flying Iron Man suit for the utterly reasonable sum of £340,000.
The so-called Daedalus suit is the brain-child of British inventor and ultra-marathon runner Richard Browning, who demonstrated the technology at the high-end London department store on Wednesday.
Be warned though: there are only nine 3D-printed suits on offer.
The 27kg suits, sold with a course on how to fly them, have been produced by Browning’s company Gravy Industries, which describes itself as being able to “augment the body and mind with a suit of patent-pending technology to enable unparalleled human flight.”
The exo-skeleton suits run on jet fuel or diesel and can reach a speed of 30mph. They’re equipped with miniaturised jet engines and an in-camera helmet display, allowing wearers to vertically take off and land.
Along with the hefty price tag, one significant drawback is just how energy inefficient they are.
“This consumes about four litres a minute in the hover [position] so you can fly for three or four minutes quite easily and we have got another version — certainly on a cold day when you get more thrust, it’ll fly for about nine minutes,” Browning said, according to Reuters.
So if you’ve got the dough, get one of these suits and live your Tony Stark fantasy. In all honesty, is there a better way of spending your money? We think not.