Watch this guy ride, and crash, his homemade Star Wars-style speeder bike

Ever since Luke Skywalker zipped off through the woods in Return of the Jedi all those decades ago, we’ve been dying for a real-life speeder bike. Well, this isn’t it — but it’s about as close as you can get right now.

Inventor Colin Furze whipped up his own version of the speeder bike, which is essentially a hovercraft held aloft by two giant, ground-facing fans. It can get about a foot off the ground, but it doesn’t go very fast (and it’s also fairly tough to control, it seems). Despite being pretty much one of the most impractical ways to get around, the hover bike is still insanely cool.

Not surprisingly, it wasn’t easy to actually come up with a design capable of getting off the ground. Furze chronicled that process in a separate video, walking through the different designs he kicked around along the way:


But, once he actually got it figured out, it looked fairly cool (if, again, entirely impractical). Check out the hover bike in action below and let us know what you think:


(Via Mental Floss)

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