View Full Version : *!!Cool - World's first REAL hoverboard!!*

22nd October 2014, 06:31
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.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/763/756/1d2cf09e8d9c5a23ce9bd1db04427645_large.jpg?1413672 374

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/767/600/6ac835bdf28857ec6d4625eb620ac65c_large.jpg?1413755 558

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.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/763/931/4db86978de5a2f5f1895e20188322dcc_large.jpg?1413675 977

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.

Yep, there was a movie. However, our attorneys have told us not to go there. So this is as far as we’ll take it.

The hoverboard is simultaneously fascinating and exhilarating. The enabling technologies existed, but no one had yet been able to align them to bring a hoverboard forth. Hendo has done so, and our hoverboards are working in almost every way we could have imagined. But perfecting it will take a little more time and resources.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/773/195/4efe71298408267f88ebef195875ab2c_large.jpg?1413838 594

22nd October 2014, 06:38
Pretty cool. We'll continue to see advances in fields such as telepathy, teleportation, and stuff like this over the years. I'm glad there are a lot of public RnD type things going on. Thx for the post links. :)

22nd October 2014, 07:12
I wouldn't get too excited about it. It's just Mag-Lev technology repackaged.
You know - Electromagnetism

Might be ok if you can afford to copper coat surfaces everywhere you want to run it on! :)



22nd October 2014, 11:07
Staines Research Corp beat them to it decades ago:


23rd October 2014, 00:36
These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself
I'd like to know more.

23rd October 2014, 01:18
It seems to me that if does not touch the ground, then it cannot be steered?

23rd October 2014, 05:21
I can already see some inventor creating magnetic floating vehicles out of the principle that runs the hoverboard ...

23rd October 2014, 05:30
I cant realy see where this coin of technology could be usefull for the masses since it needs a copper based groundplate to work also it should need quite some power running the motor that spins the magnets.

But no doubt steven spielberg inspired some people :)

24th October 2014, 04:04
I can already see some inventor creating magnetic floating vehicles out of the principle that runs the hoverboard ...

MAGnetic LEVitation has been around for a great many years.

Here's one (publicly known) large-scale example of the technology at work.


Published on Jun 4, 2013

Floating by at 311mph: Japanese 'Maglev' bullet train undergoes its first successful test run.

The trains use magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels.

The Tokyo to Nagoya travel time will be cut from 90 minutes to 40 minutes.

$64bn project to build a track linking Tokyo to Osaka by 2045.

The first five carriages will be ready for commercial use in 2027.

Japan's floating bullet trains - which will travel at up speeds of up to 311mph - have undergone their first test runs.

The magnetic levitation, or 'maglev' trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds.

The teams behind the operation aim to have an established track from Tokyo to Osaka by 2045, eventually linking the entire country from north to south.

Maglev trains use magnets to lift the carriages above the track, eliminating the need for wheels and therefore any incidence of friction, providing a faster and quieter service.

The first five of the Series LO cars, manufactured by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), are propelled by magnetic forces and have undergone initial tests that involved being pushed along the track by a maintenance car, the Telegraph reported.

Official test runs are scheduled to begin in September, and are on schedule to be running between Tokyo and Nagoya, the third largest city in Japan, by 2027.

22nd November 2014, 21:37
Thunderf00t puts Hendo to bed:


Still, maybe those with enough dosh to blow on one of these p.o.s. will also have enough to construct their own copper plated "Hen-viroment" to hover about on……..fuuunnnnnnnnnnnnottttt!

Gimme a mountain bike and $8000 in change, cheers.

12th December 2014, 20:13
The Hendo Hoverboard is a hovering skateboard that could hit high-tech skate parks as early as
next year.

If you've ever dreamed of cruising around town on a floating skateboard like Marty McFly
does in the classic '80s flick "Back to the Future Part II," then you could soon be in luck.

A pair of innovators is trying to make the futuristic fantasy of riding a hoverboard into a reality. About two months ago, husband and wife design team Jill and Greg Henderson launched a Kickstarter campaignfor their Hendo Hoverboard, a levitating skateboard that could hit "hoverparks" as early as October 2015.

The Kickstarter campaign, which ends Sunday (Dec. 14, 2014), has been a resounding success, bringing in well over its initial goal of $250,000 in its first week. With only a couple of days to go in the impressive crowdfunding campaign, the project has already raised nearly $500,000.

But with all the hype comes an important question: How in the world does this thing work? The basic premise behind the technology is something called Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA), Greg Henderson told Live Science.

MFA is Henderson's term for what others may call magnetic levitation, or maglev, which is already used to power superfast, hovering trainsin Japan, China and South Korea. These trains use magnets to create lift and thrust, and can travel at blistering paces because there is no friction between the train's wheels and axles and the rails.

But the tech behind the Hendo Hoverboard is different from current applications of maglev, for various reasons. The most obvious difference is that, unlike a train, the board doesn't follow a track. Instead, it hovers freely on top of a surface plated in copper.

Copper is what's known as an inductor, Henderson said. An inductor is a metal that isn't magnetic. When you put a magnet near such a metal, an electric current starts to flow in the metal. This current, in turn, causes a magnetic field to develop outward from the metal. If the magnetic field that develops is strong enough, it can levitate the magnet. If it's really strong, it can also levitate any object that happens to be attached to the magnet, including a hoverboard.

To lift a hoverboard and rider, a magnet needs to create a strong magnetic field — something that can be accomplished with the help of electricity. The Hendo board comes equipped with four electrically charged magnets, or electromagnets, which Henderson and his team refer to as "hover engines." These create what Henderson called the "primary magnetic field." When these powerful magnetsare positioned over an inductive copper surface, they're met with a strong repulsive magnetic field from the copper itself that pushes the magnets upward, levitating them.

Of course, the technology behind the hoverboard is a bit more complicated than that. To get the board to remain stable, the Hendo team uses four electromagnets.

"It stays steady because we're using more than one hover engine, and when we do that, it's sort of like trying to balance a unicycle versus a car — one wheel versus four wheels," Henderson said. "It's a whole lot easier with four hover engines."

The exact mechanism that gets all of these hover engines working together to keep the board afloat is at the heart of the Hendo team's Magnetic Field Architecture and, as such, is a company secret. However, Henderson did say that by combining the electric fields created by the hover engines, a more "efficient" magnetic field is created. He also mentioned that in high-performance versions of the board, only two hover engines are used — a feat made possible with the help of alternating magnetic fields.

"I suspect what they're doing is setting up a changing magnetic field in their magnets, and then that changing magnetic field is always inducing another magnetic field in the conductor below it that opposes it and keeps [the board] floating above the surface," said Eric Palm, deputy director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, who is not affiliated with the Hendo Hoverboard.

Right now, the Hendo board is designed to levitate over copper, but it could also be made to hover over aluminum, as well as a variety of nonmetal materials that are also inductors, Henderson said. The technology behind the hoverboard is also offered in a scaled-back form, as the Whitebox Developer Kit, which is simply a box equipped with the company's signature hover engines.

"We're trying to inspire co-creation across the globe, and we're getting some fantastic responses," Henderson said. The ideas that people have already come up with for the company's hovering Whitebox are "amazing" and "exciting," he said.

Many of these ideas are focused on new innovations in the transportationand health care industries, Henderson noted. But there have also been some novel applications for Hendo's technology, including a hovering turntable for a DJ, in which the turntable spins while the record stays in one place, Henderson said.

"As a scientist, it's really hard for me to know whether this will really turn into something useful or if it's just a cool toy," Palm said. "But it certainly is very cool. I'd love to have one."

Source: http://www.livescience.com/49105-how-hoverboards-work.html


12th December 2014, 20:36
Threads merged.