Sergei Khvalin has invented a propeller backpack that lets him coast around the city of Dzerzhinsk on a pair of skis.
Pulling from his experience building model airplanes as a child, Khvalin assembled the backpack by combining a homemade wooden propeller with a lawnmower motor and mechanical parts taken from a para-glider, ITN.co.uk reports.
"It is a new way of transportation. Whoever does downhill skiing should understand this," Khvalin told Telegraph.co.uk.
With the 200-cubic-centimeter engine on his back and snow on the ground, Khvalin can travel up to 25 miles per hour.
Weighing in at about 33 pounds, the backpack is anything but light -- in fact, Khvalin says it can double as a "workout machine."
"And it is great to just race straight with high speed," he said.
Khvalin might be the first man to put a propeller on his back, but he's not the first inventor to put new ideas into a backpack.
Last year, 13-year-old inventor Hibiki Kono made headlines when he constructed a backpack outfitted with two vacuum cleaners that allowed him to scale walls like Spider-Man.
Read more at ITN.co.uk and Telegraph.co.uk.
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