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Real-life hoverboard breaks distance record

By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2015 · Comment icon 14 comments



The device was able to travel 900ft across a lake. Image Credit: YouTube / Guinness World Records
Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has proven that hoverboards really do work on water.
It might not be as compact as the device Marty McFly used in the Back to the Future franchise but unlike its science fiction counterpart this one actually exists and works surprisingly well.

Developed by Catalin Alexandru Duru and his business partner Philippe Maalouf, the impressive device is able to hover several feet in the air and there are even plans to begin selling it in shops.

The board uses propellers to keep it in the air and can hover over both solid ground and water.

The device recently gained widespread attention thanks to a record-breaking flight by Duru which saw him fly a distance of more than 900ft over Lake Ouareau in Quebec.
The stunt managed to earn him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

"This is a truly mesmerising and incredible feat in the world of engineering and transportation," said a spokesman. "Itís always pleasing to see individuals such as Catalin Alexandru Duru achieve a Guinness World Records titles such as this in which personal endeavor continues to amaze us all."

It isn't clear when the device will be available for consumers to buy or how much it will cost but there's a good chance that it will soon be giving even Marty McFly's hoverboard a run for its money.

"I told him to leave visual effects and make something that can change the world," said Maalouf.

"He wanted to fly and he made it happen."



Source: CBC.ca | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by RoofGardener 8 years ago
I don't understand; where is the power coming from ?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
I don't understand; where is the power coming from ? Probably from a scaled down version of the Flux Capacitor, I hear they can generate quite a few gigawatts.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aitrui 8 years ago
Hmm wonder If I could build a drone large enough to carry my weight....genius? Or just a good idea?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 8 years ago
I know what's coming next....
Comment icon #9 Posted by Shayde 8 years ago
Oooh... I could use this to replace bulbs on the bloody huge chandelier at work! Well, we'd get complaints about the racket it makes, but it would flaming beat having to climb the ladder!
Comment icon #10 Posted by GreenmansGod 8 years ago
Oooh... I could use this to replace bulbs on the bloody huge chandelier at work! Well, we'd get complaints about the racket it makes, but it would flaming beat having to climb the ladder! I have to agree, at work it would be a wonder, but while laying on the beach listening to the waves, not so much.
Comment icon #11 Posted by scaniaman 8 years ago
can you imagine the amount of face plant vids on youtube with these things.
Comment icon #12 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
this is just giving me an idea; i can simply use a few quadcopter drones mounted on a flat surface. tehnically i should be able to fly in a controlled fashion
Comment icon #13 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
I don't understand; where is the power coming from ? It's powered by the self-esteem of the user. And aliens.
Comment icon #14 Posted by indstr 8 years ago
The reason he's doing it over water is so he doesn't get as hurt when it crashes. This tech probably has a long time to go before it is safe for everyday use. Very cool though


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