Written by News 1st
22 Oct, 2014 | 11:55 am
The ‘Wheels’ of the future has arrived!
Engineers at Hendo released the following video showing a real-world Back to the Future style hoverboard, that defies gravity to achieve one of man’s biggest dreams, flight!
Founded by Jill and Greg Henderson, the Hendo uses their proprietary Magnetic Field Architecture system to focus the magnetic field so that the board can support the rider and cause the Hendo to hover over a 1-inch cushion of air.
The Hendo relies on the simple concept of using magnets to levitate the hoverboard over a metal surface, but the requirement of a special surface means you won’t be floating over water or concrete any time soon.
The Hendo does currently exist as a prototype, and the Hendo team even dreams of building of a skate park specifically designed to work with the hoverboard.
In order to be funded, the Hendo will need to raise $250,000 by Dec. 15, but it’s already on its way with more than $8,000.
The Hendo team is aiming to launch the hoverboard next October.
They are also releasing a development kit called Whitebox+, a floating device that can be controlled through your iPhone or Android phone, giving you “12-15 minutes of hover with a charge time of about 2 hours.”
The Whitebox developer kit includes a “Hendo hover engine” packaged inside of a white box, along with enough surface material to keep it afloat. You can watch it hover on its own, but the Hendo team also encourages people to take it apart and use its hover engine to create their own levitating products.
Source: The Verge/ Slate
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