Get On World’s First Real HoverBoard And Back To The Future
“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Doc Brown, Back To The Future
Now the future has arrived. Hendo introduced the world’s first real hoverboard and hover developer kit, and as they said: “We’re putting hover technology in your hands”.
But where does the Hendo hoverboard stand today? Well, about 1 inch off the ground. But to see it hover in person, and better yet, to defy gravity by riding it, is something you need to experience as well. It’s just like an air hockey table, but in reverse, where a large object is simply floating above, and adrift. But there’s no air, just a barreling thrum of whatever is going on inside the “white box”. Inside it is a group of electromagnetism and Lenz’s law. “A magnet has an electromagnetic field. It’s equal in all areas. It has a north and a south pole,” explained Greg Henderson, who co-founded the hoverboard’s parent company Arx Pax. “What if you were able to take that magnet, and organize the magnetic field so that it was only on one side? And then you combine that with other magnetic fields in a way that amplifies and focuses their strength? That’s magnetic field architecture. When used on a material like the copper floor that I’m standing on, the entire unit floats a few inches off the ground. Goodbye friction, and hello hoverboard.”
Do you dare to turn it on and hit the road?
Arx Pax is trying to raise $250,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to turn this into something beyond a prototype that runs for seven minutes before the batteries out, as the hoverboard test demonstrated. The company’s offering backers small engine packs so that they can use the technology to build their own creations, which cost well over $10,000 a unit. If this particular hoverboard is out of your price range, maybe researching the best self-balancing scooter would be beneficial if this is a product you want to own. Ultimately, Henderson says, the price will come down, but for now he wants to offer the core technology to other people who might have a clearer purpose of what to do with it.
“Our goal is inspiring co-creation with the entire community of tinkerers, makers and outside thinkers,” said Henderson. Share your comments with us.