If you’re going to hold a festival called “The Future Is Here,” as Smithsonian Magazine did in Washington, D.C., this weekend, you’d best have some demonstrations to back it up. As you can see in the video below, Smithsonian did not disappoint. The venue is the Ronald Reagan Building.
I’ve written before about the Martin Jetpack, which is actually powered not by jets but by a four-cylinder engine. This one is from a company called Jet Pack International and runs on hydrogen peroxide and nitrogen dioxide. Technically, it’s not a jetpack either, but a rocket belt, and can only keep its wearer aloft for 25 seconds. But hey, that’s 24 seconds longer than you can stay aloft without one.
Previously in Slate:
TODAY IN SLATE
Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola
Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy
Even if You Don’t Like Batman, You Might Like Gotham
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.