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Christmas Toys Of The Future

Cartoons like The Jetsons and movies like Back To The Future 2 set our expectations for the year 2000 a little high. At the turn of the century, a portion of the world’s children were rather disappointed by the lack of hover boards and pet androids in their homes.

All the outrageous, futuristic gadgets that we dreamed about as children are still in the post. This week we did some scouting and found two incredible toys of the future, which our children’s children might be able to look forward to, come Christmas time in 2050.

The Fly Board

Did anyone ever play the swimming pool game where your dad crouches low in the water and lets you climb onto his shoulders? Once he’s got a solid footing, he stands up quickly and shoots you into the sky. It’s a simple game that has been making kids scream with joy and giving men back problems for centuries. It’s possible that even cave men fathers were privy to the spring board game.

The new Fly Board by Zapata takes the concept and fires it into the future. The user is strapped into a pair of boots that are propelled by pipes, which shoot water out at a scary rate and propel you high into the sky. It’s almost like riding an electronic anaconda that listens to everything you say.

The Jet Pack

Jet packs were supposed to be a standard-issue item in every child’s toy collection. They would come in a range of colours and could be used to fly you to a friend's house, around the park, to the movies or home from school. Air traffic control is one tricky issue that was never addressed.

While we sadly won’t see these hit the Harrod’s shelves for a long time (a very, very, very long time), it’s good to know that someone out there is flying around with the fighter jets and spying on the house next door.

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.