Here are the finalists for Boeing’s $2 million ‘personal flying device’ contest

Last year, a $2 million global competition called the Go Fly Prize was introduced with the goal of producing “an easy-to-use, personal flying device.” These devices needed to be safe, quiet, ultra compact, and capable of carrying a single person 20 miles or more without refueling or recharging. Think of it like the first X-Prize competition, which effectively spurred the private space industry, or the DARPA Grand Challenge, which gave birth to the current self-driving car craze.

Today, the Phase I winners and their designs were revealed, and wow, these things look pretty bizarre. With names like “HummingBuzz” and “Blue Sparrow,” the winning designs are a…

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Author: Andrew J. Hawkins

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