Man Who Claimed to Be The Inventor of the Jetpack Dies

Justin Capra, a Romanian inventor who claimed to have invented the first functional jetpack, died on Monday at the age of 81. Capra used to say that he built his jetpack in 1956, well before Bell Aerosystems' 1961 untethered flights with their rocket belt. The only problem? He was never able to produce any credible… »1/21/15 7:38pm1/21/15 7:38pm

The First Jetpack You'll Be Able to Buy Just Got a Slick New Design

Number two on the list of promised future technologies that have yet to be delivered, right behind the flying car, is the personal jetpack. Hollywood's delivered them in spades thanks to special effects, but in real-life New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft is as close as we're going to get. And now it's even closer… »9/30/13 9:11am9/30/13 9:11am

Before Jetpacks, We Were Promised Butterfly Wings

The jetpack would emerge in popular American science fiction of the 1920s, and later become cemented into the popular imagination after World War II. But the idea of single-flyer personal transportation tech didn't start with the jetpack. In the late 19th century, people were obsessed with flight. And they imagined a… »7/17/13 2:39pm7/17/13 2:39pm

What Futuristic Promise Are You Most Skeptical About?

Within the past decade we've seen technologies that had been promised for years finally become mainstream successes. The smartphone? Yep! The tablet computer? You betcha! Ebooks? They now account for nearly a quarter of book sales. But we're still waiting on plenty of other technologies that were dreamed up by the… »6/06/13 4:45pm6/06/13 4:45pm

How A Holocaust Denier Fooled The Internet With Nazi Jetpack Soldiers

One of the great accomplishments of Nazi Germany's war machine was a jetpack that propelled their soldiers into the sky. It was a fantastical device whose story has been told many times on the web and it would be even more impressive if it weren't the propaganda of a Holocaust denier disguised as history. »5/02/13 1:01pm5/02/13 1:01pm