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Startup firm develops working hoverboard

By T.K. Randall
November 13, 2014 · Comment icon 22 comments

The hoverboard works using magnetism. Image Credit: YouTube / Hendo Hover
Marty McFly's hovering skateboard from the Back to the Future movies has now become a reality.
The real-life hoverboard, which was developed by Californian architect Greg Henderson, uses a series of four magnetic field 'engines' to levitate itself about an inch off the ground.

The project, which is being helped along by crowdfunding on Kickstarter, has seen so much interest from backers that it has generated over $438,000 in donations. The commercial release of the device is currently set for December of next year.
There are a couple of drawbacks however - the hoverboard is currently only able to operate for 15 minutes on a single charge and will cost somewhere around $10,000. It will also only operate on a conductive surface meaning that it wouldn't be possible to ride it down the street.

Despite this however the device marks the first time that an attempt to create a real-life version of the Back to the Future hoverboard has actually come to fruition. There have been several hoaxes and failed attempts over the years but this one at least appears to be the real deal.

It will even be released in the same year as Marty McFly first obtains one in the movie.



Source: Phys.org | Comments (22)




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Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Am I the only one seeing something bigger than a rich kids toy here. I mean there must be more potential for this somewhere? Could you imagine a car that uses this technology? An electric vehicle that runs off a biofuel generator, which would be similar to a personal electromagnetic train. Well it is mentioned in the second paragraph of the article... Like the Maglev train though, this is still very expensive technology and limited to run on a particular surface. IMO the train is probably more practical as you do not have to worry about veering of in any direction. I think this technology woul... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by XenoFish 10 years ago
I think this technology would be more practical in a warehouse and distribution environment than as a personal transportation solution. Would be nice to be able to just glide some 800 pound piece of equipment around.
Comment icon #15 Posted by stevemagegod 10 years ago
Dam and so close to christmas to.
Comment icon #16 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
A personal version of a maglev train? Hope this version works.
Comment icon #17 Posted by geonerd 10 years ago
And the timing is just too perfect. Makes me go hmm. Did somebody know something the rest of us didn't in 1985? There is no such thing as a staggering coincidence. So what does that mean?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Jacques Terreur 10 years ago
And the timing is just too perfect. Makes me go hmm. Did somebody know something the rest of us didn't in 1985? There is no such thing as a staggering coincidence. So what does that mean? it means that if you spend your dough on this hoverboard, you'll end up with two Hands full of manure.....
Comment icon #19 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
There is no such thing as a staggering coincidence. . wanna bet on that.....? .
Comment icon #20 Posted by Starhunter 10 years ago
"It has not been peer reviewed and there is no proof that it even exists, this so called "hover board" is not in scientific text books what- so- ever, it's a hoax and the video is fake. The producers dubious well known hoaxers, and you are totally delusional, I can't believe you would post such crap" "Produce some solid evidence like a home made version which can be tested and scrutinized" - just being facetious !
Comment icon #21 Posted by bigjonalien 10 years ago
awesome, except government controls technology, until the end of petroleum and the release of the orbital engine if ever, goes along with my designs but you would have to coat all the roads with an insulator which tires can't grip and if the hover car runs off the specialized road be careful, bio-electric field amplifier is safer. But that's on another time dimension.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Jacques Terreur 10 years ago
"It has not been peer reviewed and there is no proof that it even exists, this so called "hover board" is not in scientific text books what- so- ever, it's a hoax and the video is fake. The producers dubious well known hoaxers, and you are totally delusional, I can't believe you would post such crap" "Produce some solid evidence like a home made version which can be tested and scrutinized" - just being facetious ! "But I KNOW that it works! I rode one to work the other day! my uncle built it in his barn, and he's working on a full scale version for his truck! It's the same tech THEY use in spa... [More]


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