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Here's why US soldiers may soon be riding hoverboards that look like this


Here's why US soldiers may soon be riding hoverboards that look like this

Zapata Industries, the company whose founder wowed us by grabbing enough sky with a Zapata Flyboard to break the world record for longest hoverboard ride, has agreed in principle to sell itself to a corporation called Implant Sciences.

Why is that exciting? Because Implant Sciences is in the business of building technology for the U.S. military, and its president has already said, point blank, that an acquisition of Zapata's flight technology could have "far reaching military applications."


Translation: Navy SEALS on hoverboards coming soon. Book it. Done deal. (Image: Giphy / Zapata Industries)

Founder of Zapata Industries, Franky Zapata, talked to Digital Trends this week about the deal, saying, "We have the technology, but having access to [military] contacts was very valuable to us," driving the whole hoverboarding soldier intrigue thing a little further.

Zapata also mentioned in the interview that "a range of new technologies" will be in store if the deal goes through, so you can take those possibilities for a walk (or a flight), too.

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