What if you could take a consumer drone, douse it with growth serum, and make it big enough to fly around in?
That's a brainstorm that seems to have occurred to a good number of people -- including, now, the makers of the AK-47 assault rifle.
The gadget, which seems far more dronelike than carlike, sports 16 rotors the size of ceiling fans. They're mounted on a metal frame that surrounds a minimal pilot's perch and what looks like a couple of suitcase-size batteries.
It's not clear what, exactly, the thing would be used for. Let's just say it probably won't be zipping over battlefields anytime soon; one imagines it wouldn't take much to knock it -- and the pilot -- out of the sky.
The gizmo joins similar contraptions in the drone-so-big-you-can-ride-it category. There's Google co-founder Ehang 184. Oh, and there's .. There's Singapore's proposed . There's the . And there's the slick, mini-helicopter-like and the equally sexy-looking
There're also more home-spun, mad-inventor-y takes on the idea. The this thing, from YouTube's amazingdiyprojects.is one. is another. And then there's
And if all those seem a bit too complex, there's always theapproach.