The world’s first piloted drone has been launched in Dubai, at the Middle East Extreme Sports Expo.
The 'flying bike', named Flike, is a six-rotor copter designed by Hungarian inventor Balazs Kerulo. Kerulo, speaking ahead of the expo said he hopes his device will one day be as common as cars. 'The Flike is accessible to the public and will be available to purchase for private use as well as for emergency services,' he explained.
A model of Flike is on show all weekend at Dubai International Marine Club, while the inventor will be on hand for some in-depth discussions about the feasibility of it being rolled out to the public. On top of that, visitors to the Extreme Sports Expo will be able to experience a simulated flight on-board using state-of-the-art virtual reality.
Star Wars fans will be particularly excited by the similarities Flike has to the iconic speeder bikes Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia ride in Episode VI Return Of The Jedi; the pilot sits in the middle, two prongs extending forward and one going directly behind, with a control panel in front of them. Movement is controlled by changing the rotation speed of one of the rotors.
The inventor says Flike will be able to aid professionals such as search and rescue, police patrol, border guard, firefighting and surveillance. The company will also be releasing a recreational version that the developers claim will offer hassle-free personal flight, and it can be yours for around Dhs740,000 ($200,000).
Middle East Extreme Sports Expo, Dhs40 (adults), Free (children below 10 years). December 3-5 3pm-10pm. Dubai International Marine Club, Al Sufouh, www.extremesportsexpo.me