Just finished reading the December 25, 2006 issue of Forbes magazine, and found a real gem for my “gifts I’d like” column.
It’s a personal blimp.
Actually, besides just being extremely cool, it has a fantastic back-story too. Daniel Nachbar, a former Bell Labs software engineer, returned to his true love of aviation, and came up with an incredible new design for a 205,000 cubic foot hot air ship that leverages a unique frame design and propellor placement. The end result is a quiet ship that can seat two, travel at 12mph, and fold up like an umbrella when you are done (granted, a very large umbrella).
Check out his site for more details. Estimated price? $100K-$200K.
Here is the Forbes article (no pictures). Here is a nice blog post at GadgetOff about the personal blimp, with some additional color & detail.
(P.S. I’m just kidding about the Nintendo Wii. I still want one. Thanks.)