World’s first REAL hoverboard
It’s impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we’re not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from Back to the Future Part II? It’s one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to crowdfund the Hendo Hoverboard as a proof of concept for its hover engine technology — it’s not quite the floating skateboard Marty McFly rode through Hill Valley (and the Wild West), but it’s an obvious precursor to the imagined ridable: a self-powered, levitating platform with enough power to lift a fully grown adult.
As fun as its current form is, Henderson didn’t necessarily set out to reinvent transportation. The Hendo engine’s original inspiration came from architecture. “It came from the idea of hovering a building out of harm’s way,” he says. “If you can levitate a train that weighs 50,000 kilograms, why not a house?” After some prodding, he clarifies the idea as a sort of emergency lifting system that could theoretically raise a building off of its foundation during an earthquake, essentially rendering the natural disaster’s tremors harmless. The idea sounds as fictional as, well, a hoverboard — but he already built one of those. Henderson says that floating a building is a long-term goal. Right now, the technology is in its early stages, and he’s just trying to get it in the hands of engineers with big ideas.
The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These engines induce an opposing magnetic field in the surface substrate below that provides lift, levitating our board off the ground.
While the hoverboard is primarily intended to be self-propelled, the actions which stabilize it can also be used to drive it forward by altering the projected force on the surface underneath it.
Currently, this surface substrate needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor. Right now we use commonly available metals in simple sheets, but we are working on new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs.
Until the hoverboard is within everyone’s reach, we are offering the same technology in a small, accessible form factor – the Whitebox™ Developer Kit.
Check out their website for more information hendohover.com