Someone get Miyamoto on the phone, they stole is idea!
The engine sucks water up through the hose and forces it through two adjustable nozzles on the backpack, creating up to 500 pounds of thrust, say Jetlev's German-based manufacturers, MS Watersports GmbH.
Small adjustments to the hand controls allow pilots to control the speed -- a maximum of 35 kph (22 mph) -- and your height, which rises to a maximum of 10 meters (30 feet), according to the manufacturers.
The Jetlev was showcased at the Dusseldorf Boat Show at the end of January and will be making an appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show in March, says Alexander Theis, head of marketing at MS Watersports GmbH.
Theis says orders are already coming in from the Middle East as well as from private buyers in Russia and Portugal.
A price tag of €100,000 ($136,000) probably makes this a jetpack only affordable to the jet set, but Theis says the company is exploring leasing opportunities with holiday resorts and charter yacht companies.
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