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Water-powered 'bike' lets you ride above the waves

You may have seen those crazy cousins of the Jet Ski and jetpack that let you zip around your favorite water-sports venue while essentially attached to a wild fire hose.

We've written about the JetLev R200 -- a jetpack-like design -- as well as a later spin on the idea: the Flyboard, which with its foot- and hand-level water jets, might make for more of a skiing-like experience.

Well, now it looks like the concept has been applied to a form factor all of us can more or less relate to: the cycle. The Jetovator lets you ride the wild hose as if it were a bike or motorcycle. And for that reason, it looks a little less squirrelly than the other devices (though watching the embedded video does make us wonder about the fine print in our health insurance policies).… Read more

Flyboard makes you a jet-powered Aquaman

Not getting enough attention at the beach? Here's something that will make an impression. The Flyboard can send you flying in and out of the water or hovering above it like Poseidon.

French water sports champion Franky Zapata's Flyboard is basically a rotatable platform attached to a long hose and a hydrojet. It can lift the rider 30 feet out of the water while he or she pilots it with secondary, handheld jets.

Riders can even do backward somersaults with the Flyboard, as seen in the promo vid below. It looks a lot cooler than the JetLev R200 jet pack, which was part of a hilarious fail on live TV earlier this year.

The Flyboard's thrust comes out below the user's feet instead of a jet pack, so it's more like riding a skateboard. It connects to any personal watercraft (PWC; aka Jet Ski, a brand) with an engine of 100 hp or greater. … Read more