A company called Hendo has developed what they are calling the world’s first hoverboard. The Hendo hoverboard is exactly what you think it is, a skateboard with no wheels. The hoverboard currently floats about one inch off the ground but Hendo is working on making that distance increase.
Right now they are seeking funding on Kickstarter and have raised $7700 (at the time of this writing) of their $250,000 goal. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below and then hit the link at the very bottom of this article to check out the Kickstarter! Marty McFly would be proud of these guys!
So where does the HENDO hoverboard stand today? Well, about 1 inch off the ground. As you can see from the video above, the prototype is real and it works! But to see it hover in person, and better yet, to defy gravity by riding it, is something you need to experience as well.
With the support of the Kickstarter community, we all can. We need your help to put the finishing touches on the Hendo Hoverboard, to help us produce them, and to create places to ride them.
Our engineering team has been amazing, rapidly iterating on design after design. In fact, this our 18th prototype, and we continue to make advances week after week.
The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.
While our hoverboard is primarily intended to be self-propelled, the actions which stabilize it can also be used to drive it forward by altering the projected force on the surface below.
Currently, this surface needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor. Right now we use commonly available metals in a simple sheets, but we are working on new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs.Source: Hendo Hoverboards on Kickstarter