This Japanese startup is making a hover backpack to augment jumping ability

We live in a post-Juicero world, and yet somehow, inexplicably, startups continue to push the limits of what is a socially acceptable expenditure of engineering effort. Case in point: Lunavity, a hover backpack for augmenting one’s jumping ability from a team of University of Tokyo students that seems to draw most of its inspiration from the sheer aesthetic absurdity required to reliably float a human being for brief amounts of time.

The device, a non-functioning prototype version that was shown off in the expo hall of Austin’s SXSW festival this week, uses a circular series of rotors to provide enough downward thrust to let the human wearer jump higher and for longer than is normally physically possible. The team behind the product…

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