Dubai is Equipping Their First Responders With Jetpacks

You may have caught the viral video from earlier this month of two jetpack-sporting daredevils zooming above the Dubai skyline. City residents may soon be seeing even more jetpacks flying overhead—only this time, they’ll be attached to first responders.

Last week, the United Arab Emirates metropolis ordered 20 jetpacks for their rescue workers from manufacturer Martin Aircraft Company. Instead of jets, the personal flying machines use ducted fans to rise to a maximum altitude of 3000 feet.

If there’s any place where this excessive jetpack power might come in handy, it’s Dubai, where the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, towers over the city at 2722 feet. The jetpack flies at speeds up to 45 mph, so in theory, a first responder could reach the top of the world’s tallest building in about a minute. The packs also have a remote-control option, so they could be brought to someone stuck in a high up place, and a pilot on the ground could navigate them to safety.

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The futuristic jetpacks will cost the city $150,000 apiece. This is hardly the first lavish investment Dubai has made in its emergency services: The cars used by their police force include a Bentley, a Ferrari, and a Lamborghini

[h/t: Popular Science]

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New Nap Pods—Complete with Alarm Clocks and Netflix—Set for A Trial Run at Airports This Summer
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Sleepy travelers in Europe can soon be on the lookout for Airpods, self-contained capsules designed to help passengers relax in privacy.

For 15 euros per hour (roughly $18), travelers can charge their phones, store their luggage, and, yes, nap on a chair that reclines into a bed. The Airpods are also equipped with television screens and free streaming on Netflix, Travel + Leisure reports.

To keep things clean between uses, each Airpod uses LED lights to disinfect the space and a scent machine to manage any unfortunate odors.

The company's two Slovenian founders, Mihael Meolic and Grega Mrgole, expect to conduct a trial run of the service by placing 10 pods in EU airports late this summer. By early 2019, they expect to have 100 Airpods installed in airports around the world, though the company hasn't yet announced which EU airports will receive the first Airpods.

The company eventually plans to introduce an element of cryptocurrency to its service. Once 1000 Airpods are installed (which the company expects to happen by late 2019), customers can opt in to a "Partnership Program." With this program, participants can become sponsors of one specific Airpod unit and earn up to 80 percent of the profits it generates each month. The company's cryptocurrency—called an APOD token—is already on sale through the Airpod website.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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