Water Scooter Uses Elbow Grease to Glide Over the Surface

The Stingray is a novel single-rider water vehicle that uses recycled bottles and the rider’s own muscle power to glide around on the surface of the water. It consists of a plastic seat and a hand-operated lever handle that works as a pneumatic propulsion system, moving the device (and its rider) along by shooting streams of air into the water behind it.

Empty plastic bottles are affixed to the sides of the Stingray to make it buoyant and to keep it steady in the water. The handle is easily removable. These two features make the water vehicle easy to store and easy to carry around.

According to designer¬†Imran Othman, the Stingray can be used in emergency flood situations as a flotation device, but it can also be used as a casual fun toy. Thanks to the fact that the Stingray is only a conceptual product, it is not clear just how well it would work to get a rider around in the water. But as a concept it’s fun and unique, which are two qualities we can definitely get behind.

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