Hendo Hoverboard is the closest thing to Marty McFly's levitating toy

By Shawn Knight ยท 19 replies
Oct 21, 2014
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  1. One by one, it seems that crowdfunding websites are enabling us to build the devices of science fiction folklore. The Oculus Rift was thrust into the mainstream tech community via Kickstarter a year and a half before Facebook scooped up...

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  2. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 114   +40

    Pff big deal. Jumping out the window does not make me Superman.
  3. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Hahaha. No. Just no.

    The fact that you have to go to a "hover park" just to use this is just silly given that the board itself is expensive thus the adoption rate is probably going to be low so why build these parks?

    In fact, the thing barely levitates so how are people going to shred on these?
  4. Some people have no imagination or sense of wonder.
    Did you not read the article? it is a proof of concept.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    yea, my problem is that you need a certain type of surface under it, which to me, defeats the idea of hover technology
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I had a toy hovercraft as a kid which actually worked with a fan. What you need are jets, and it could save trillions in road repair.
  7. Stash

    Stash TS Member

    They did however point out that they are still working on the hover board to make it able to hover over any surface... People that always see the negative side of things and completely disregard any other information given that goes against their negativity irk me...
  8. Yeah, and I invented time machine, when I use it I travel in time forward, about 1 second per second, currently its proof of concept, eventually it will be upgraded to allow accelerate time and/or travel backwards
    Praise Me, The Great Scientist!
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  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Yeah and if you would have read a bit more, or probably "grow" some comprehensive reading out of your behind you would've also read the part were they are perfecting the technology in order to not having to need the non-ferromagnetic surfaces.
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    yes I did read that, thank you for jumping to conclusions. The tech they are working with will need to change for an all terrain. Thanks for trying to hurt my feels.
  11. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    and yet you want me to know that you are irk. I'm sorry for speaking my mind. I already know they are working on it, but tech they are using is limited and they will need to find something else. Have a good day.
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    My bad @stewi0001 I wrongly quoted, should've clicked on the first guy who was laughing his behind out.
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  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Next 20 years maybe this would be mainstream but right now it's just a start in the right direction.
  14. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    I would really love to hear your explanation on how magnets work with cement and asphalt.
  15. This is just a proof of concept and it interesting however the end results may show how important friction actually is.
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I don't know but these guys are actually trying to figure it out, so laugh less and entertain and begin to understand the idea behind "proof of concept" and "kickstarting" something, instead of bitching before the efforts were even made.
  17. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Like the many kickstarters that have failed or proven to be a scam.

  18. Stash

    Stash TS Member

    Ofcourse they will need to figure something else out. The fact of the matter is that they are trying, hence it being a proof of concept, ie, it is possible to do. If they could somehow manage to find a way to negate to a certain extent, gravitational force along with thrusters for example, it could work... All I am saying is that by them expanding the realm of what we believe to be possible, it opens up the possibility for innovation.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    Article not loading properly. I'll read as soon as it is fixed.
  20. Actually you all need to take a deep breath. These guys are NOT making a BTTF style hoverboard. This is a proof of concept for a new type of MAGLEV that they say is superior to current technology. If the engineering and science behind that is sound then it sounds very intriguing. It is the author who made the BTTF reference but these guys are not claiming that. This hoverboard will be a novelty, I get the impression they want easy to build maglev transit systems.

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