Have you ever wanted to run a four-minute mile? Now you can. The video above shows the 4MM (or, yes, 4 Minute Mile), an Arizona State University student project "to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility."
According to Research Matters, "working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, [ASU student] Jason Kerestes ... built a prototype of this jetpack," as part of a university program called iProjects, which "brings students and industry together to find innovative solutions to real-world problems," like how to run super, super fast.
Kerestes sees a potential application in the theater of war that he explains in the video below: "If you think of a Navy SEAL or Army solider that has to get in somewhere quick, do whatever they have to do, and get out just as quickly, these devices can help soldiers not only accomplish their goals, but potentially save human lives."
The prototype weighs just over 11 pounds and, in tests, has been shown to cut 20 seconds off a runner's one-mile dash. Researchers also saw a decrease in metabolic cost, the amount of energy required to run at high speeds.
Sadly, you can't fly with it, but it's a step in the right direction.
Editors Note: Mar. 3, 2015
An earlier version of this article failed to cite a passage from Research Matters in accordance with Mic editorial standards. The article has been updated to properly attribute the language to Research Matters.