Kickstarter For A Real-Life Magnetic Field Hover Board

October 21, 2014

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This is the Kickstarter for the Hendo Hoverboard, a board that can hover about an inch off the ground using four magnetic field inducing engines. THE BOARD ONLY WORKS ON NON-FERROMAGNETIC SURFACES THOUGH (i.e. sheets of copper or aluminum). That's the drawback. And a pretty serious drawback considering sidewalks are made out of concrete. Still, it's a real hoverboard and $10,000 will get you one on 10/21/15 (the day Marty McFly arrives in the future). Don't have $10,000? Me neither. But $100 will get you a 5-minute ride, $1,000 will get you an hour-long ride, and $299 will get you a developer's kit containing a box with one of their engines so you can tinker with the thing yourself. You can read an Engadget reporter's experience getting to try the board HERE in case you still weren't convinced it's real. Me? I'm holding out for a hoverboard that works on any surface, INCLUDING water. I'm not sure what kind of technology it's going to take to work, but rest assured I'll probably have to sell my near-virgin butthole to an alien to get it.

Keep going for their Kickstarter video, which includes some hovering action.

Thanks to Ed, reticule, Stephanie A and hettervik, who are holding out for more than an inch of hover. Hey -- it's not about the height of your hover, it's how you boogie your board.

  • Bastardo

    About time science did something useful. Oh, you found the Higgs Boson? Does it Hover? NO!

  • Tuğrul İhsanoğlu

    metal rich surfaces beware btf hoverboards are coming

  • o0THX11380o

    The problem is.. you can't control it like a skate board.

  • Parvez Khan

    How can you control its movement, like turning & all that, does it need to vary magnetic fields on each part of the skateboard for that?

  • algernon

    I can't wait to not try this!!! I'm so exited!!!!

  • Grant Entwistle

    As a physics teacher, this is so fake. Levitation like this needs strong magnets and either a superconducting surface or paramagnetic materials like graphite. Aluminum would cause a braking effect. Look up vids on superconductors for real levitation.

  • ben

    Glad you weren't my teacher

  • Konstantin

    Are you one of these teachers that try to convince everyone that there is no such thing as centrifugal force, because they've read so in a poorly-written school textbook?

    Anyhow, all of your commentary is based on an assumption of constant magnetic field. If you manage to create an oscillating field, either with moving magnets or an electromagnet, you get quite decent repulsion from any good conductor. Aluminum isn't bad, but copper is better. And yes, there is some drag, but at high frequency, your repulsion to drag ratio improves, and you can reduce drag to almost nothing. Finally, if you are using electromagnets, you can compensate for drag. Not only that, but you can generate horizontal propulsion as well, which is precisely what the video demonstrates and talks about. With modern batteries, it's fairly trivial to build a device that levitates a few millimeters above a thick layer of good conductor, supporting person's weight on top of it.

    Not only is there nothing fake about it, but it's something that's been known for well over a century, and there have been toys relying on this principle for decades. This particular iteration merely makes good use of better batteries and better control circuitry.

  • catallergy

    Yeah... what Konstantin said!

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    At least he could let the kid try it...

  • Dano

    Go fund yourself.

  • qcp

    Can't ollie, no point.

  • ODwanKenObi

    Yes, but does it come in pink?

  • Tyguy

    Too bad you can't steer :/

  • Andrew Newton

    Pay $100 for your chance to find out people still get screwed out of money in the future.

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  • DIck

    First

  • shashi

    How weird, that's exactly what i shouted at the gang-bang with [insert name of victims mother]. I cant believe she told you about it.

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