It’s hard to believe now, but back in the 1940s some people thought backpack helicopters may be the future of personal transportation. In 1945, a company called Pentecost dreamed up the idea of a helicopter that strapped to people’s backs. According to a 1947 issue of Life Magazine: “It looks something like the futuristic ‘jumping belt’ of the Buck Rogers comic strip.”
It’s true. For a while, people thought the flying machines would be the next motorcycle. Which begs the question: Which innovation or invention do you think people will be talking about 100 years from now. Tell me your big idea for a wacky invention and I’ll chose the best one on Jan. 1. The winner will win a box of cool stuff like books, toys and gear.