This isn’t another Funny or Die hoax. Arx Pax, a Silicon Valley startup, announced last month they have invented the world’s first hoverboard called the ‘Hendo.’ Recently, Tony Hawk took it for a spin.
Dave Carnie was there with Tony Hawk when it all went down. He described the first time Hawk took the hoverboard for a spin.
The rocket scientist fired up the engines. And lo and behold, the hoverboard rose off the copper floor and floated about an inch above the surface. Seeing it on video is one thing, but in person it’s remarkable. The two scientists steadied the thing, and Tony mounted the hoverboard. The scientists let go. And Tony Hawk was hovering.
The ‘Hendo’ hoverboard uses electromagnetic technology to hover. The idea isn’t a new one. Maglev bullet trains use the same technology to great effect.
The technology, dubbed Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) by Arx Pax, needs just a surface that is a non-ferromagnetic conductor – basically a surface like aluminum or copper.
The company recently launched a Kickstarter to gauge consumer interest. Yeah, a real hoverboard? The internet jumped on this in a hurry. The initial goal of $250,000 was smashed. Funding sits at just over $455,000 with nearly 2,800 backers. I think that’s about to grow after Tony Hawk took the Hendo Hoverboard for a spin.
So, how much will it cost you to be Marty McFly? The developer kit, which comes with a Hendo hover engine set and enough surface to hover on, starts at $299.
Arx Pax has big plans even after the launch of the Hendo Hoverboard. They hope to build a skater park specifically for the Hoverboard so people can try out their new gadget. Remember, it only works on specific surfaces. You can’t just go cruising down the road with this thing.
Still, very cool tech.
Check out the company’s Kickstarter page to read more about the tech and the hoverboard.