The First Real Hoverboard?
The Hendo Hoverboard
For twenty-five years people all around the world have waited in anticipation for October 21 2015, a date we were told that flying cars would be the norm, our shoelaces would self-tie and, most importantly, we would have the pleasure of transporting ourselves by the aid of the hoverboard.
Hendo tenchologies presented the Hendo Hoverboard earlier this year. So the question remains, is this the first real hoverboard?
The answer to that question is, unfortunately, no. While the Hendo Hoverboard looks the part it requires a specialised surface (which Hendo claim will be available at hover parks throughout the world), and it can’t change it’s trajectory.
In spite of these failings the board still fetches a staggering $10000 USD for the privilege.
The board itself is not really what the company is selling, it’s the technology behind the board that could find itself used for anything from transport, to construction.
Hendo’s core technology, called “magnetic field architecture,” and works by focusing magnetic eddy currents that are created when magnets are moved relative a suitably conductive surface.
Many of you have probably played around with magnets and have noticed that two magnets of similar polarity will deflect one another, while this is the basic principle used in the hover boards it is actually impossible to create a stable state using just normal magnets (they’ll always shoot off in one direction or other)
The Magnetic field architecture employed by this device overcomes that limitation, according to Hendo.
While the hoverboard is the product that generated the publicity, the real reason for Hendo’s work is to develop scaleable magnetic levitation systems for use in as wide a range of industies as possible.
If $10000 is a little out of your budget you can get a scaled down, but still equally functional, development kit called the “white box” from $299 USD. This is for developers to experiment with and come up with their own iterations of the hover technology on a smaller scale.
“It is designed to be explored, taken apart, and analysed,”
They cite uses such as earthquake proofing a building, cheaper transportation and medical uses.
Magnetic levitation is not a new idea when it comes to transportation. Japan, Shanghai, and South Korea have employed it for many years in their high-speed train networks. These trains can reach speeds of up to 350 mph on a frictionless magnetic track.
Hendos’ claim is that their Magnetic Field Architecture is a cheaper alternative to the current systems employed in Asia. This would, hopefully, mean that this technology would be employed in more regions throughout the world.
Prior to the Hendo Hoverboard, a company know to the world as Huvr Technologies had the world’s media in a spin when they showed their hoverboard technology, as endorsed by Christopher Lloyd, Mobo, Tony Hawk, Terrell Owens and many more celebrites.
Unfortunately it turned out to be a rather well executed hoax by the comedy website, Funny Or Die.
Here’s the video that got the world talking and hopefully inspired some of those in the hover technology field.
There’s still 11 months before we hit Back to the Future day so these tech companies need to step-up and get it done.
For a more technical breakdown of the Hendo technology be sure to check their kickstarter page here
(Rumour has it that Nike have created 2500 pairs of self-tying shoes for next year, let’s hope that’s true)