All we need is laser handguns and aliens walking around and we're officially in the future.

UK-based Malloy Aeronautics, which has been building a working prototype for a hoverbike, just last week signed a contract with the US Army Research Laboratory.

As part of the deal, the company will develop the hoverbike for use by the US military. Although it's early stages yet, the company has already created a 1/3 scale mockup which could be further developed into a model for use by humans.

Right now, however, there are no consumer versions of the hoverbike available. Which blows, to be quite honest.

Hoverbikes are a regular feature in science-fiction, turning up in the likes of Pixar's The Incredibles to Return of the Jedi.

It really goes to show how far technology is coming and, indeed, where we're headed.

Malloy Aeronautics is also planning a consumer-friendly drone for delivery usage, specially designing a rotor-system with rubber guards to protect against people bumping into them.