Ever since Marty McFly took to a hoverboard in 1989’s Back to the Future II, the world has been eagerly awaiting the day when we too can fly around on one. And with 21st October 2015, the date that Marty arrived in the future, drawing ever closer, the race to make fiction reality has picked up.
There have been many attempts to create a hoverboard but none have come anywhere close to emulating the classic prop, until now. Arx Pax, a small company from California, has done the seemingly impossible and created an actual hoverboard!
The Hendo hoverboard will hover around 3cm off the ground for up to 15 minutes at a time, carrying up to 140kg. The board works using a strong magnetic field that repels the surface below, in much the same way as Maglev trains. This means that it only works on a non-ferrous metal surface such as aluminium or copper. The current prototype also doesn’t have any kind of forceful propulsion, so don’t expect to see anyone whizzing around the streets on one any time soon!
Arx Pax has launched the Hendo hoverboard on Kickstarter and already by far exceeded its $250,000 funding goal with 51 days to go. They’ve also sold all ten of their first production hoverboards for a whopping $10,000 each.
The team is also offering pledgers small developers’ boxes, which incorporate the technology and can be controlled using a smartphone app.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ten backers who pledged $10,000 will be presented with their hoverboards on 21st October 2015, and all their childhood dreams will come true. Possibly.