Nothing says 21st-century romance quite like taking your other half on a jetpack flyover of Paris, one of the world’s capital cities for all things love-related. Unfortunately, as of this writing, jetpacks are not widely available, so unless you happen to be a real-life Iron Man like SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, you are probably going to be out of luck.
Fortunately, a Parisian attraction called FlyView is here to help. Using virtual reality and specially engineered ground-mounted jetpack units, FlyView promises interested parties an aerial tour of the French capital, complete with 360-degree views and a realistic haptics-aided flying sensation — but without the eye-watering bill that such a real life jetpack experience would undoubtedly come with.
In all, you will cover around 20 major Parisian landmarks, flying close by and at a low altitude. As you fly, the jetpack unit will lift, lower and swerve from side to side to offer the most realistic possible experience.
The “ride” lasts a total of 13 minutes. “Arnaud Houette, a professional engineer, is the inventor of the FlyView concept,” Sophie Lemonde, communications director for FlyView, told Digital Trends.
“Inspired by his dream of flying and passion for historic sites, he [decided to use] virtual reality to make his dream come true.” The project officially kicked off in 2014. Since then, a team of more than 100 people have worked on the project, which had a total budget of around 7 million euros ($8.6 million). Read more from digitaltrends.com…
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