|First we got the shoes, then the board. That's how technology works.|
It may be a marketing stunt, it may weigh 90 pounds, it may drain it's batteries in a few minutes, but fuck it. Hoverboards! Hoverboards that you can buy for the low price of $10,000.
Arx Pax’s product really does hover. There’s one small catch, though – it will only hover on special surfaces, because it uses magnets, just like a maglev (magnetic levitation) train. The current prototype of the Hendo – the company’s 18th – will hover about 3cm off the ground carrying up to 140kg (about two people) for around 15 minutes. It uses a strong magnetic field to repulse a ground-based material and float in the same way maglev trains operate. That means that Hendo will only float over floors made of non-ferrous metals such as copper or aluminium; this is no skateboard for flying down to the local supermarket, or around the town square hoiked to the back of a pickup truck.
But let Arx Pax founder Greg Henderson tell you a little bit more about your dreams that have come true:
“About two years ago, we began investigating magnetic field architecture (MFA) and hover technology as a better way to build, move people and move materials. During our research, we discovered a way to transmit electromagnetic technology that is far more efficient than anything else. This means that our patent-pending Hendo Hover Engine technology can enable platforms to hover over non-ferrous materials with payloads of virtually any size and weight.”
So basically, this technology could be used to move incredibly heavy things in the future, like buildings, or all the fat people that live in the United States.
The company, is of course shilling their wares on Kickstarter, and looking for a cool $250,000 to begin production.
The future is now.