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JTDerp


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Posted: 2017-01-11 19:14
"SeaBubbles raised an initial 500,000 euros in July from backers including the founder of drone-maker Parrot SA, Partech Ventures and the French government-backed BPI fund.

The river taxis rely on reducing the amount of drag on the water, thanks to a similar technique to the one that propelled Thebault and Bringdal’s record-setting Hydroptere sailboat in the air.

The Hydroptere hosted guests including Alphabet Inc. co-founder Larry Page, Prince Albert of Monaco and solar-powered plane aviator Bertrand Piccard."

Interesting...I remember watching a Billabong Odyssey video a few years ago with a surfer who had attached a hydrofoil to the underside of his board and riding above the surface with it. Never thought to run with that and build water taxis...if physics can actually meet economics here, looks pretty damn cool.

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JTDerp


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Posted: 2017-01-11 19:18
(posting Bloomberg link separately, since the system is glitchy for some reason):
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-11/flying-river-taxis-eye-customers-from-the-seine-to-san-francisco

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