We were promised rocket packs by science fiction, and sadly, that zippy form of urban transport has yet to be seen anywhere off the screen. Which makes us hesitant to say that the Kolelinio flying backpack system is likely to be adopted by any city any time soon. It is, however, a whole new way of looking at electric vehicles.
This concept design by Bulgarian architect Martin Angelov (which comes to us by way of Inhabitat) consists of a number of taut steel wires strung throughout the urban core of a city. Ready to ‘zip’ downtown? Just strap on your battery-powered backpack– composed of a harness and a light electric engine that runs on the Kolelinio wire–and off you go, flying down city streets and hopping off at intersections. In this vision of our urban future, wire trunk lines would shoot out to the outskirts and suburbs of the city where people could hop on anywhere, minimizing the need for cars, heavy roads and infrastructure and significantly reducing carbon emissions.
Whether or not the Kolelinio system ever catches on in the real world (there’s no mention, for example, of what to do in case of inclement weather) it’s certainly a unique vision. We’d like to see some sci-fi chase scenes, for example, where heroes and villains zip through a Kolelinio’ed version of New York or LA. (Interested in more from this designer? Check out the Koleinio’s bike-based cousin, Kolelinia.)