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Hirobo’s Futuristic One-Man Electric Helicopter is the Ultimate James Bond Gadget

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On November 19, 2012 @ 5:08 pm In carousel showcase,energy efficiency,green gadgets,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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Compact, silent and futuristic, Hirobo [1]’s one-man electric helicopter looks like the ultimate James Bond gadget [2]! Recently showcased at an expo in Nagoya, the helicopter prototype can travel up to 100km/h (62 mph) and fly for 30 minutes at a time. The one-seater chopper is currently under development for use as personal transportation and emergency relief.

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The helicopter is equipped with an electric engine [3] that doesn’t produce any noise or pollution. Its predecessor (developed under the name GEN H-4) claimed to be the world’s smallest manned helicopter [4]. It was also much cheaper, but it used noisy gasoline.

According to the company, the all-electric helicopter will be sold for 30 million yen ($375,000). The unmanned models will be significantly cheaper, at 10 million yen (over $120,000). Hirobo also hopes to develop two-seater versions, as their market researches show great potential for mass production. They believe the domestic market alone for this kind of technology will grow to 10 billion yen (over $120 million) by 2021.

+ Hirobo [1]

Via Response.jp [5] and BonjourLife [6]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Hirobo: http://model.hirobo.co.jp/english/

[2] James Bond gadget: http://inhabitat.com/top-8-green-gadgets-worthy-of-james-bond/

[3] electric engine: http://inhabitat.com/toyota-developing-electric-motor-with-less-rare-earth-metals/

[4] smallest manned helicopter: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-manned-electric-helicopter-takes-flight/pascal-chretien-electric-helicopter-5/

[5] Response.jp: http://response.jp/article/2012/10/11/182904.html

[6] BonjourLife: http://bonjourlife.com/hirobo-one-man-electric-helicopter/

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