Lift-off for strap-on flying machine

April 13, 2011
$75,000 a piece ... The Martin Jetpack.$75,000 a piece … The Martin Jetpack.

George Jetson fans take note: the wait for your very own jet ski in the sky is nearly over, according to the New Zealand company behind an ambitious aeronautical project.

The Martin Jetpack, literally a strap-on personal flying machine, is now in the final stages of development, with the first machines to be dispatched for solo flights by the end of the year.

Military agencies, border control and rescue organisations in the United States will be the first to use the pricey $NZ100,000 (about $75,000) aircraft. 

Inventor Glenn Martin predicts it will be just 18 months before other wealthy enthusiasts get their delivery.

“We’ve had 2500 people sign up for one so far, and plenty of them from Australia,” Mr Martin told AAP.

Their plans for the expensive toy range from practical – “some just want to dodge the rush-hour traffic and do it in style” – to the purely frivolous.

“We know of someone that would love to do stunts flying across Sydney Harbour. How amazing would that be?” Mr Martin said.

The jetpack resembles two leaf blowers welded together but its capabilities are much more complex. The two-litre, jet-powered engine can soar across the skies at 100km/h at heights of up to 50 metres.

Carrying enough fuel to fly for 30 minutes, the contraption could be used in hard-to-access areas and war zones to patrol borders and, if unmanned, to make difficult deliveries by remote control.

“Some of that might sound boring but where there’s huge cost savings and an increase in efficiencies for agencies it’s actually hugely exciting,” Mr Martin said.

Recreationally, it could be used to go fishing and, one day, get to work.

For now, however, it is categorised as a microlight so it cannot be taken into the city centre, however this may change under US law.

Martin’s machine, lauded as Time magazine’s most anticipated invention last year, has been more than three decades in the making.

The Christchurch man began tinkering with the concept in the 1970s, inspired by the limited success of the US Bell Rocket Belt, which stayed airborne for just 26 seconds before crashing.

A gas-guzzler in the extreme, the belt burned through $US2000 worth of fuel in 30 seconds.

Martin’s latest and most celebrated version, unveiled at an air show in 2008, is more fuel efficient, costing just 15 US cents for 20 seconds in the air.

It was designed to be the “simplest aircraft in the world,” said Mr Martin, who has described how “you strap it on, rev the nuts out of it and it lifts you up off the ground”.

“It’s basic physics. As Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So when you shoot lots of air down very fast you go up and you’re flying.”

He said the interest had been overwhelming, with inquiries coming from Middle Eastern royalty, US business tycoons and European daredevils.

The Australian government hadn’t officially registered its interest but, judging by website traffic, the Australian Defence Force was a fan.

“It’s the fourth biggest visitor to our site after Boeing, NASA and the SAS, so something’s going on there,” he said with a laugh.

“Maybe they’ve just got an employee who thinks it’s so cool they spend all day checking it out.”


Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

The CB6000 chastity belt for naughty men

Who’s been a bad boy?

Our publisher Mike ran into this device at the Adult Entertainment

Expo in Las Vegas. It took him a good five minutes to work out

what it was for. “This is fascinating,” he thought to himself, “and it

really needs to be written up.

But certainly not by me.” So I’m not sure whether to take it as a

compliment or a measure of my character that he immediately

sent the story my way … anyway, in the interests of transparency,

I wish to point out before we get started that the only chastity

devices I have ever used have been my looks and my personality

– and even those powerful tools haven’t been very effective.

What Mike was looking at was the CB-6000 chastity belt for men.

Built from medical grade polycarbonate plastic, it’s a complicated

looking cage that fits around and over a gentleman’s tackle,

rendering the entire lunchbox more or less ornamental, except

for bathroom trips.

Both the shape and the way it locks on are designed to keep things

on the down-low, shall we say – or as Mike put it, “If you cracked a

trouser boner while wearing one of these, you’d do yourself

a serious injury.”

Certainly, when you hear the term “chastity belt” the female

version tends to spring to mind first, medieval devices that

were reportedly built by crusading knights to make sure their

wenches remained unplundered in their absence. But you’d

have to agree a male version makes just as much sense –

we lads certainly haven’t done a lot over the years to earn

the ladies’ trust, on average.

But the strange irony of the CB-6000 – and devices like it –

is that they’re designed to prevent sexual pleasure,

but they’re used … more or less … for sexual pleasure.

Submissive fellas seem to find great excitement in the idea

of power exchange – locking their tockleys in boxes,

giving the keys to their dominant partners and walking

around all day dangling a weighty reminder of who’s their daddy.

But the devices are marketed mainly at the ladies –

to quote the website (which is kept remarkably safe for work), ”

This is an extremely powerful and effective relationship device.

Become his fantasy once again.

He will think you are the sexiest thing in this world.

Wearing the chastity device can be extremely erotic …

after he has been in it for a short period of time,

he will again start kissing, caressing,

and basically be completely turned on by you.

He will worship the ground you walk on.

Men love power and knowing you have exchanged

this power will bring him to his knees.”

There’s something a little sad about the idea that

some men will only show tenderness to their partners

if they’re denied an easier source of sexual release –

but then, there’s something a little sad about a lot of

the ways we humans operate.

Of course, this sort of thing doesn’t have to be used for

kinky thrills or relationship fixes. I can vividly remember

a couple of embarrassing predicaments in the earlier

years of high school, in which I’d have given my right arm

for a technological solution like this – at least,

if that right arm wasn’t holding an exercise book over my crotch.

Ah, the memories.

The CB-6000 costs US$159.95. You can get it in clear plastic,

or if you don’t like that “bulldog with its face up against

a window” look, there’s a few color options.

For the outdoorsy gent, there’s a camouflage version;

you’ll never know where it went. If you like the idea of

sporting a terminator willy, go for the polished chrome.

Or my personal favorite – remind yourself of what

you’re missing out on with the wood finish.

Who's been a bad boy?

Comfort Glove Category: Medical

Ganesh Yelisetty
Upland, CA US

People who have arthritis in their fingers have a very tough time opening and closing, to say the least. Making a fist would be very painful. The pain in severe cases can be excruciating. The device I have invented is a ‘Comfort Glove’. I am using air and possibly heat to give comfort. This glove is similar in function to a ‘blood pressure cuff’ that people are so well used to. In addition to looking like a nice glove which does not hinder in your day to day work, this glove will relieve the pain. The glove is made of two membranes. There is space in-between them, that is all through the glove to hold air. The design and make of the glove is such that every so many mm’s or cm’s away, the membranes are pinched so that the glove does not expand like a balloon when air is pumped into it. When you push the button on top of the glove, air is pumped into the glove (like in a blood pressure cuff ) to the extent the person needs. This can be done in one push or in spurts. This pressure feels like a nice massage to the plam and finger area. After a preset
time (5-10 seconds) the glove releases the air. This relaxes the glove and the pressure on the palm and finger. When this goes on repeatedly for say 5 minutes, the person gets a nice massage and feels good. The air pump can be run on AA batteries making it very cheap to use. If you want to introduce the heat aspect into the glove, it can be lined on the inside with a material that can be made warm for a few seconds. This device can be manufactured very easily by the current manufacturers of medical devices for ‘blood pressure monitor’. Millions of people over here in the USA and all over the world can be benefited from this.

Meet the Entrant, Ganesh Yelisetty

Contact Email:
Association: IPSIDEANUT
My Professional life:…
Number of times entering contest previously: 0
Design Tools:
Pencil and Paper
Physical models
Image rendering software
Software used:
Ganesh’s hobbies and activities:
Photography, Collecting FDC, coins
What role does Ganesh believe product design plays in creating a better future?
Designing new or modifying existing products for better performance for the common good is the key to any society’s future.
Hardware used for design:

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 8th Sept 2009