Mar 24th 2007 2:02PM This "Rocket-Belt" or "Jet-Pack" is a fun idea but it will never become a commercially marketed product because the petroleum industry will have nothing to do with it. If the oil tycoons (the petroleum industry) is not in control of any given mode of transportation... it will NEVER see the light of day commercially. Many years ago their was talk about "Super-conductors" being mass produced and replacing traditional automobiles in the way that we know them. Auto's would not require tires anymore because a "super-conductor" is essentially a reversed polarity magnet on the underside of the vehicle using the opposing magnetic force from the earth's core to allow the vehicle to float (fly), at a given height, likely to start off at about 2 or 3 feet to start so people could become used to flying personal transportation vehicles. This would have been the ultimate in transportation progress because we would never need to worry about poor driving conditions such as snow, rain, ice, pot-holes, etc. or spending billions on building new and larger roadways and highways. This technology would reflect the image that, people in the 1950's thought, the 21st century should/would look like but we will probably NEVER see that technology... not in our lifetimes because the petroleum industry would lose BILLIONS of dollars from the loss of the tire industry and the politicians that are "In bed", so to speak, with the petroleum industry would NEVER allow people, even the most qualified, to operate such a vehicle in a personal capacity because they would lose millions of dollars in incentives, perks & kick-backs from the industry.
In short...lol, automobiles and personal transportation devices will always resemble what they are today all because the petroleum industry leaders refuse to let go of the past (a dead technology) and move on to bigger and better things... PROGRESS.