One of the most disappointing things of the 21st century is that we still haven’t got a fully functional hoverboard like Marty McFly’s in Back to the Future,
but it looks as if one company has gotten pretty damn close with their latest innovation. Developed by tech start-up Hendo, the hoverboard prototype uses electromagnetic levitation to suspend the board, and the rider, in the air above the surface, and the company is looking for help in the form of a Kickstarter campaign.
“The Hendo Hoverboard is a first-step product, a precursor to the broader implementation of the world-changing technology of MFA,” explains the company on the Kickstarter page. “It enables a new generation of lift and motion technology that will change the way we view transportation. Additional applications for MFA technology are virtually limitless – from business, to industry, to healthcare, and beyond.”
“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.”
Of course, this is limited to the type of surface the board is placed above. It only works on magnetic, metal surfaces, but the company is planning on building hover skate-parks and more ways on implementing them in public travel if enough funds are generated.
$10,000 (around R110,400) gets you your own board, but there are some cheaper investment options if you just want a piece of Hendo merch or to help out their cause.