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Company reveals amazing real-life hoverboard

By T.K. Randall
April 16, 2016 · Comment icon 24 comments

The Flyboard Air coming in to land at the edge of a lake. Image Credit: YouTube / Flyboard by ZR
A new video has been released showing a demonstration of the remarkably impressive Flyboard Air device.
There have been numerous attempts to create a working hoverboard over the last few years with varying degrees of success, but this latest one, which was developed by French company Zapata Racing, is so unbelievably impressive that it is difficult to tell if it is even a real device.

More closely resembling the jet glider used by the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man comics than the hoverboard from Back to the Future, the Flyboard Air can reach speeds of up to 93mph.
In the video, which can be viewed below, a pilot takes the board for a spin above a lake while demonstrating its ability to stay stable at altitude and to land gently on a small target.

While some Internet users have questioned the authenticity of the footage, the company remains adamant that the Flyboard Air is the real deal and that the video is entirely genuine.

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Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Impressive. Hope the tech continues.
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Impressive. Hope the tech continues.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Max A. 8 years ago
Yeah it seems their hiding something.. Love a bit of ACDC tho \nn/
Comment icon #18 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
Hydrogen peroxide jets like a jet pack? If it really has a 10 minute capacity at that output I can see recreational skydivers going nuts for these.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rolci 8 years ago
I do not see anything here that we did not have the technology for, say, 10 years ago, or even 20. What recent invention does it use that justifies the delay of these things? Surely in the age of crowd funding money can't be an issue, especially not with a hoverboard that will pay off all test and production costs in seconds after release. So what is it then?
Comment icon #20 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
"......has a claimed maximum height of 10,000 feet and can fly at nearly 100 miles per hour." I hope some of our "celebrities" buy them all up. There should be flying carpets by now. Me and my pal the cat would love that. Then crash and burn? Maybe Charlie Sheen will buy a few.
Comment icon #21 Posted by aztek 8 years ago
A lot of things don't add up. Just watching him keep balanced does not look right. I'm calling French BS. that is what i noticed, balancing it with only 1 vector of thrust is a big challenge,
Comment icon #22 Posted by aztek 8 years ago
I do not see anything here that we did not have the technology for, say, 10 years ago, or even 20. gyros, and control modules cheap and small enough to use in such crafts
Comment icon #23 Posted by aztek 8 years ago
just what the military wanted in the 50s even better. they got hiller platform in 50s, but after initial trials they canned the project, and never went back to the idea.
Comment icon #24 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
For anyone thinking this was CGI, look at this vid...

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