The two-wheeled deathtraps known as "hoverboards" are only good for a few things: transporting lazy tools, setting back human progress, and providing fail humor. But now, it looks like there's a genuine hoverboard-like flying machine that -- get this -- actually hovers, can fly at speeds in excess of 90mph, and has the potential of being actually useful. Well, maybe if you're a super villain.
As seen in a new YouTube video (above), Franky Zapata, the same dude who came up with those crazy water-powered jetpacks, showed off a test flight for the new personal aircraft, the Flyboard Air. The demonstration doesn't reveal many details about the machine, but it looks like it might be powered by a turbine engine that uses fuel stored in Zapata's backpack, according to a report by Gizmodo. And although the video doesn't prove this, the Flyboard Air tops out at 93mph, can reach an altitude of 10,000ft, and offers a flight time of about 10 minutes, per the report. Unsurprisingly, Zapata performed the test above water at mostly cautious heights.