Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when hoverboards actually exist?
OK well, the technology isn’t fully developed yet, but the board that Tony Hawk rides in the video below is proof that we’re getting closer. (And yes, it’s actual proof. Not a hoax like last time.)
Greg and Jill Henderson, owners of Arx Pax, the company that produces the board, explained to The Ride Channel that its ability to float currently relies on magnets.
“Hendo’s hover technology relies on magnets, which means the hoverboard can, for the time being, only hover over non-ferrous materials,” Dave Carnie explains on The Ride Channel.
Hendo Board creator Greg Henderson goes on to tell him, “Right now, what we have is essentially the Model-T [of hoverboards]. This is a proof of concept. And because we made this big leap in efficiency, we are able now to do what other folks couldn’t do on a conductive material like aluminum or copper. As we optimize this system, ideally we’ll be able to go on other surfaces.”
In other words, don’t expect to see Tony Hawk or anyone else hovering down the street just yet.
The Hendo Hoverboard is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. According to the campaign page, the company’s goal is to eventually make hoverboard technology widely accessible.
Can’t wait to ride like Marty McFly? Well, just fork over $10,000 for the chance to get your hands on a hoverboard to call your own. If that's not an option, you’ll have to live vicariously through Mr. Hawk until the technology becomes more widely available.