A pair of 20-year old German twins who call themselves “The Real Life Guys” have built a passenger drone out of a bathtub.
It’s not the first crazy thing the You-Tube team has built – or even the first thing they’ve built from a bathtub. There’s the bathtub submarine, for example (which apparently leaks a bit. Or may even have imploded.) There’s “the world’s smallest hot air balloon.” And “the human drone.” (Think of an Icarus-like creation with a human being acting as the body of the drone.)
But in either a cleverly faked video or a real life demo, somehow they appear to have gotten an actual bathtub with someone inside of it to fly. It’s not a great idea, perhaps, or one that will solve the world’s Urban Air Mobility issues. But it is an idea that shows how much is possible with drones – and how once the idea of unmanned vehicles becomes commonly accepted, there is no limit to what people may think of next.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
Subscribe to DroneLife here.