Hoverboards Might Soon Be A Real Thing
It’s almost the futuristic year of 2015 — the year in which “Back To The Future Part II” promised us hoverboards, tiny dehydrated pizzas and 3D sharks. Everyone who saw the movie when they were a kid (or really, just about anyone who’s ever seen it) has spent the past several decades coveting the fictional hoverboards featured in the film and wondering why we don’t have them yet. By next year, however, we might finally have them, thanks to a company called Hendo.
Hendo’s Kickstarter campaign promises a real, live hoverboard that people can ride just like a skateboard. The prototype (the company’s 18th so far) floats about an inch off the ground using four hover engines that create a magnetic field. This is no clumsy air-driven hovercraft; its magnetic engines allow it to stop, start and turn apparently effortlessly using a new technology called Magnetic Field Architecture.
Right now you’ll have to be pretty flush with cash if you want a working hoverboard; the current price of one board is $10,000. Luckily for levitation enthusiasts, Hendo is offering the same technology in the form of the much cheaper Whitebox Developer Kit and the Whitebox+. These small cubes contain a Hendo hover engine, which allows the box to move in any direction, including rotating on its own axis, according to the project page. The Whitebox is designed to be opened up and tinkered with, says Hendo; the company encourages people to use the hover engines for anything else they desire. The Whitebox+ is controllable by smartphone, allowing customers the pleasure of freaking out cats, dogs and small children everywhere with their very own floating cube.
Hendo also anticipates that the cost of hoverboards will go down as more and more of the boards are mass produced.
Hendo’s founders, Jill and Greg Henderson, hope that their patented Magnetic Field Architecture technology will be used for much more than just hoverboards; in the future, it might be applied to transportation, architecture and more.
If Hendo reaches its hefty $250,000 goal by Dec. 15, it plans to deliver customers’ Whiteboxes by next July and the first production batch of Hoverboards. The company even plants to build a hoverboard-centric skate park, which should have at least one ramp in place by 2015. We can only hope that this skate park will be constantly playing Huey Lewis and the News on a non-stop loop.