British entrepreneur Richard Browing, the 38-year-old founder of tech startup Gravity, built a flying bodysuit in his garage, a life-imitates-art version of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit from the Marvel comic book universe.
Daedalus—a nod to Icarus’ father in Greek mythology—gets its propulsion from six mini jet engines strapped to Browing’s arms and lower back. He describes flying the prototype as “riding a bike in three dimensions.”
According to Mashable, Browing invented the suit, outfitted with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, over the span of ten months inside his garage in Salisbury, England. Browing says the suit’s capable of flying like Iron Man, but he’s holding back.
“The suit can fly in most locations,” he told Red Bull. “Despite being capable of flying at several hundred miles per hour, and at thousands of feet, normal operation sees the wearer flying at no more than a couple of meters.”
People often say that if Tony Stark, the fictional man inside the Iron Man suit, existed in real life that it would be someone like Elon Musk. Well, Browning might give the Tesla and SpaceX founder some competition.
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