The Future Is Now: Hoverboards Exist

And you can help fund them on Kickstarter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2014 7:44 AM CDT
The Future Is Now: Hoverboards Exist
The new hoverboard doesn't quite reach the standard of "Back to the Future."   (AP Photo/File)

It is now officially the future: Hoverboards are real. A company called Arx Pax has developed a skateboard-style device that rides on air instead of wheels, and it's raising money to "perfect" the project on Kickstarter, reports. Arx Pax has already surpassed its $250,000 goal. How it works: Four engines on the board create a magnetic field which "literally pushes against itself," the company says on Kickstarter. That pushes the board upward. Says co-inventor Greg Henderson of his Hendo Hoverboard: "The wheel may finally have some competition."

Pretty cool, but it's not quite a Marty McFly experience yet, Engadget notes: It only gets about an inch off the ground, and it only works over certain types of metal, including copper and aluminum. It's also very loud, according to the Verge (via Gizmodo). Still, it can hold a 300-pound person, Arx Pax says, though the New York Times adds that the board itself weighs 100 pounds. The paper notes that the Hendo Hoverboard "is basically a publicity stunt." What Henderson is really interested in is the broader application of the technology; a building using it, for instance, might be able to "ride out an earthquake," he says. Meanwhile, for those without hoverboards, there's always the cardboard bike. (More hoverboard stories.)

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