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The company which gave the world the Segway has developed a revolutionary new set of swim fins, twice as efficient as the ones worn by divers today. DEKA Research, previously most famous for its electric dorkmobile, has previously bid for Pentagon cash with its remarkable man-launching pneumatic cannon, intended to hurl …

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  1. Lickass McClippers

    Pic...

    http://www.slate.com/id/2171935/

    And apparently a vid too, although I can't verify that, due to firewalls;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PST5jHCJqQ

  2. Bob Armour

    I wonder...

    If this has anything to do with the recent demise of the Yangtze Dolphin?

    Were any black helicopters spotted in the area, during the hunt for the dolphins?

  3. Joel

    Re: Pic...

    Thanks for the youtube video, it's most interesting.

  4. Joe

    amazing..

    ..in that video they even look like ACTUAL seals, those DARPA boys know what they're doing :-P

  5. Simon

    Video

    Thanks for the pic but the video is or 'real' Seals and not SEALS....

    So close but yet so far.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Seals

    Oh dear... normal seals and no military sort... :(

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Seals not SEALs

    The video is of the marine mammal, not the US Navy special forces...

  8. b

    thanks barrrb!

    lol!

    great vid barrrbb...

    next time wait ill you get home and check it...^^

  9. Bob Armour

    Or even Sealions

    ...if you wan't to be pedantic! - Or pinnipeds ;-)

  10. Dillon Pyron

    Giant stride entry

    The photo makes it look like a bitch to do a giant stride. Maybe a back flop. And they don't look easy to don.

    As long as they don't kick up too much turbulence (silt out), cave divers might like them, but they'll never catch on with the general diving public. But cavers like scooters at present.

    Man, the debate on these would make Force Fins sound like a friendly discussion.

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  12. Derek Keeping

    Old News

    I've not been able to find a direct citation but:

    http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~j_montie/Hydrofoil-CS&P.html

    has a clipping of a Popular Science article from 1974. The clipping is about half way down the page. Doesn't look like much progress in 33 years to me :-)

  13. Derek Keeping

    Even better picture

    Here it is again. Pity the video won't work.

    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s1106609.htm

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Old design?

    It looks very similar to something that Calvin Gongwer of Innerspace (we use their thrusters at work) invented years ago: http://www.innerspacethrusters.com/Aqueon.htm

    I wonder if that's a ripoff of if there's a licensing agreement in place?

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