The Hendo Hoverboard

Hendo HoverboardDo you remember the movie franchise “Back to the Future 2” with Michael J. Fox? If you do, one of the more interesting and memorable futuristic gizmos introduced to the viewer when Marty McFly visited the future was the hoverboard. Well, the time traveling DeLorean was also cool. But the hoverboard takes the cake on this one since it is a common skateboard that hovers on air. Now who would ever not like to have something like that? Too bad, a consumer product with the same features still eludes the market, although Marty in the movie traveled to the year 2015, just more than a couple of months from today. While the date may be a bit off, you can now try something close to it with the new and upcoming Hendo Hoverboard.

The Hendo Hoverboard is the closest you can get to the concept of a typical hoverboard. It does hover above the air but only at an inch distance. Because it hovers over the air by the effects of magnetic fields, it also requires a special non-ferromagnetic conductor surface to hover from. It is the closest experience you can have riding a hoverboard.

The Hendo Hoverboard is designed close enough to a skateboard with no wheels. In place of the wheels are hover engines that make use of what makers call the Magnetic Field Architecture technology to levitate above the air. This technology makes magnetic levitation relatively inexpensive and sustainable. But despite what has already been done in prototypes, it may be a far cry for the Hendo Hoverboard to be comparable to those hoverboards in the movies. But it is a start.

In order to further explore the possibilities of the technology, the makers of the Hendo Hoverboard are taking it to crowd sourcing at Kickstarter to jumpstart things. Interested parties can get a developer’s kit for the Hendo Hoverboard for $299. It consists of a hover engine set and a hovering surface that owners can experiment and develop other uses for the technology. There is also a $699 Whitebox version that comes with a hover engine as well as an app for propulsion and control. But it comes as a closed system that users cannot experiment on. For those who really would want to own the actual Hendo Hoverboard, it is expected to be available by October of 2015. But you need to shell out $10,000 for it. You can check out their Kickstarter page for more details of their other offers for those who like to contribute.

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