Jump higher and float through the air with this backpack
Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be able to fly and float in the air… If gravity did not bound us to the ground, what would be possible?
With Lunavity, a wearable device concept engineered by students of the University of Tokyo, this may be a possibility in the near future.
The backpack-like device uses meticulously controlled rotors that are reminiscent of a high-powered drone to lift its wearer off of the ground.
Using a minimal amount of force, the wearer jumps up as they normally would, and the rotors take care of the rest. While the wearer jumps upward, Lunavity adjusts to their movement and augments their jump allowing them to float in the air as if gravity did not exist.
While presenting their design concept, the creators noted that if this device became widely available, it would drastically alter how we go about our everyday lives.
For example, they noted a scenario in which Lunavity would help pedestrians cross busy city streets without have to use a crosswalk. Simply fly over the traffic!
In addition, they explored the potential of using the device in a sports context. Imagine playing basketball wearing a jumping augmentation device… Slam dunks would be just the beginning.
The creators also explored a world in which wheel chairs were no longer necessary. Using Lunavity would allow those bound to wheelchairs to stand vertically as they hovered above the ground.
This device is still in its early stages and needs to come a long way before it would even begin to see the consumer market. That being said, it is clearly as device that is equally useful as it is fun. I would love to have the opportunity to try Lunavity one day to feel what it is like to be weightless.