Hoverboards have been in demand ever since it hit the market. However, the current ‘hoverboard’ in the market with two wheels does not hover. Still, inventive and innovative minds made it possible for the current generation to see hoverboards and hover bikes.
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Franky Zapata invented the Flyboard Air. Some proprietary turbojets power the Flyboard air, which is a type of jetpack/hoverboard crossover. The hoverboard received a Guinness World Record for the farthest flight with a hoverboard last April 2016. Zapata Racing, the company behind the creation stated that it can reach an altitude of up to 10,000 feet and a top speed of 150 kph. Additionally, the unit has 10 minutes of autonomy.
The Flyboard is currently on development phase. Zapata warned that not anyone can simply hop onto to the Flyboard. He said that people will need at least 50-100 hours of original water-powered Flyboard. Zapata’s team is also working on another project which uses the same air technology.
In 2015, the Omni Hoverboard held the Guinness World Record for the farthest flight before Flyboard Air took over. Alexander Duru, a Canadian inventor, created the Omni Hoverboard. He said that riding the Omni gives a feeling that no other machine can provide.
Duru also worked as a software engineer. He used his knowledge in perfecting hos hoverboard design. Duru’s first attempt was a piece of wood strapped on a motor and propeller. After five years of refining his invention, it is now made of carbon fiber. 16 lithium-polymer batteries power the hoverboard while eight large propellers lift it from the ground.
Flike is a personal tricopter, with a similar concept with the hoverbike. The development for Flike took place at the at the Hungarian research institute, Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. The unit’s first manned flight was on March 7, 2015.
Flike has a six-rotor copters. Pairs of rotors mount each side of the Flike’s three prongs. The pilot will sit in the middle with two prongs extending in the front and one directly behind. The control panel is located in front of the pilot. The pilot can control movement through the change in rotation speed of the rotors.
The Aerofex is a hybrid of a drone and a motorcycle. The prototype aims to have the simplicity of riding a bike in the air. It can carry two passengers as long as the weight does not go beyond the 310 pounds limit. It has a maximum 75-minute flying time and a top speed of 72 mph.
The Aerofex flies up to 10 feet off the ground at 45 mph. The surface-affect of the Aerofex will feel like riding a motorcycle but without the need of the ground.
In 2014, Arx Pax unraveled the first, real working hoverboard. The Hendo Hoverboard used a proprietary ‘Magnetic Field Architecture’ that enables the engines to float. However, it can only float a passive conductive surface, such as copper or aluminum. It does not hover too far from the ground but just above the ground’s surface. The inspiration for the Hendo is the functionality and design of a skateboard.
The creators of Hendo believe that the concept will help to gain attention to move forward for bolder applications. Initially, Arx Pax wanted to create a system that can help to levitate parts of a building during an earthquake or disaster.
ArcaBoard is an electric commercial hoverboard. The company behind the creation of the ArcaBoard is the Arca Space Corporation. 36 electric ducted fans power the unit, making it capable of transporting a person with weight up to 110 kg. It has an endurance of up tp six minutes.
ARCA unveiled the product on December 24, 2015. Moreover, the units are currently available for purchase at $14,900. The Arca is 145 cm long and 76 cm wide. The ArcaBoard is made of aerospace grade composite materials which weigh up to 82 kg. Users can charge it on an optional ArcaDock charging station for about 35 minutes. The purpose of the Arca is mostly for recreational purposes.
The creation of hoverboards continues to evolve and progress over time. Before proceeding with a commercial and mass scale of production, there will surely be government regulations that will establish the creators’ liability in creating the device.