5 Real Hoverboards that Can Defy Gravity
Earthlings have been dreaming of real hoverboards ever since Back to the Future 2 came out in 1989.
You’d think inventing a way for people to float a few inches off the ground would be easy for a species that managed to put a man on the moon. Turns out that hovering is only part of the equation.
People also want to be able to speed through the air in any direction they choose.
Oh, and come back down to the planet’s surface safely. That’s a big must-have.
Even though NASA’s engineers are slacking in the hoverboard department (we hear they’ve been working other stuff), here are a few companies working to make your gravity-defying dreams a reality
Zapata Flyboard Air
Powered by an “Independent Propulsion Unit,” the Flyboard Air can reach a top speed of 93 miles an hour.
In addition to traveling at supersonic speeds, the board is also capable of carrying its operator over 10,000 feet in the air. Talk about cosmic heights!
Unfortunately, it’s unknown when or even if the FlyBoard Air will be sold to the public. The board’s creator, Franky Zapata, says he is working with the U.S. Army to make a viable version of the FlyBoard Air available to combat soldiers.
Those details are classified, but you can still see the FlyBoard Air in action in the video above.
The Hendo hoverboard uses the principles of magnetic levitation to lift riders above the ground.
Each Hendo comes with four magnetic “hover engines” attached to the bottom of the board. When you place these powerful hover engines over specialized surfaces, they produce a repulsive magnetic field that pushes the engines upward.
This same technology is used in ultra-fast maglev trains and may one day be used to build futuristic floating cities! If that happens, we’re pretty sure hoverboards will be required to get around.
Most people think of cars when they hear the name Lexus, but the Lexus hoverboard may change all that.
Like the Hendo, the Lexus hoverboard only works when it’s positioned above a special surface. Plus, the superconductors inside the board need to be very, very cold in order to work. Around -321 degrees Farenheit.
No word yet on whether the board needs 1.21 gigawatts to power on.
This rectangular rideable isn’t powered by magnetic fields or a nifty propulsion unit.
Instead, the ArcaBoard levitates above the ground thanks to its built-in array of high-powered fans. Users can steer the board using their smartphones for up to six minutes before the ArcaBoard’s batteries run dry.
It’s a bit boxier than the Back to the Future board, but at least the ArcaBoard can work on water.
Before the Flyboard Air came on the scene, the Omni held a world record for the longest distance traveled by a real hoverboard.
Inventor Alexandru Duru is still hard at work refining the design of the Omni, and he hopes to release a commercial version soon.
Tired of Waiting for Real Hoverboards?
The space race is on to deliver the first flying hoverboard that anyone on Earth can own.
While you wait for the winner, why not get in some practice with the GOTRAX HOVERFLY?
The HOVERFLY hoverboard is a great way to work on your self-balancing skills while becoming a hoverboard pro! All electrical, battery, and charging systems in the HOVERFLY are tested and certified to UL 2272 safety standards. Team up with a few astronaut friends and experience the feeling of hovering as you cosmic glide through the galaxy.