Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard

Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard

Hendo is introducing the world's first REAL hoverboard and hover developer kit. We are putting hover technology in YOUR hands.
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. 

Ok, so you can't shred a halfpipe with one of these, but you can still show your support for Hendo with one of our Betaboards instead. The Betaboard is a smaller version of our hoverboard that floats on a magnetic base. It uses a a different type of levitation than our technology, based on electromagnetic stabilization.  It cannot be moved around too quickly and needs to stay plugged in, but it's perfect for any desk and makes a great gift!
(In theory, the Betaboard should float forever, as long as it's plugged in and not disturbed too much. It holds about 8 ounces/200g.)
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.
 
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.
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 simple sheets, but we are working on new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs. 
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. 
Until the hoverboard is within everyone's reach, we are offering the same technology in a small, accessible form factor - the Whitebox™ Developer Kit.
SPECS: (Approximate)
  • Dimensions: 10" x 10" x 5" (25cm x 25cm x 12cm)
  • Hover Height: 1/4" - 1/2" (1cm - 1.5cm)
  • Battery Life: 10-15 min
  • Charge Time: 1-2 hrs
  • Weight: 10-12 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Payload: ~ 5 lbs (3 kg)
We kept the Whitebox as simple and affordable as we could to get our technology out into as many hands as possible.
It is designed to be explored, taken apart, and analyzed, encouraging you to dare to wonder.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCvvQLnqpR4&feature=player_embedded&list=UU_qM32jvFjo08W9UfGhbeWg
The Whitebox+™ puts hover control and propulsion capabilities in your hands. It's operated through your mobile device (iPhone/Android). This control functionality contains advanced technology and hardware, so it's not designed so much with tinkering in mind. Powered by a set of rechargeable LiPo batteries, we integrate the charging system directly into the box. Right now we can give you 12-15 minutes of hover with a charge time of about 2 hours.
The Whitebox+™ has the ability to move forward and backward, left and right, and rotate around its axis. The app can even pre-program autonomous movements and "hover flight plans". And what's really cool - it can do a static start (that is, pop-up from a standstill when first turned on).
Feel like adding some extra visual oomph to the Whitebox? Check out these three new skins! More to follow, and if you have an idea for one let us know. 
While one day we expect to have hoverboards that can effortlessly float over any medium (even water!), our current technology requires special types of surfaces. 
Therefore, we need a hoverpark to go with our boards, and we have been busy designing a park befitting the awesomeness of our technology.
Hendo is driven by our supporters, backers, and collaborators that want to see a hoverpark come to life. So we're giving everyone an opportunity to be a part of the hoverpark by claiming a brick-sized piece of its surface. 
When you reserve a brick we'll engrave your name on it and place it on our hoverpark surface.  And on opening day you will see your name permanently etched into history, in the world's first hoverpark.
 "What we back today, echoes in eternity" - Maximus Kickstartus Magnetus
Levitation using magnets seems simple - just put one magnet over another, same poles facing, and the top one will float. Voila, right?  Sadly, as we all find out (usually as heartbroken little kids) this never works. Due to something called Earnshaw's Theorem, a stable static equilibrium between two magnets is impossible. There have been a number of ways around this, but none have proven feasible enough for everyday applications. Until now.
Lenz’s law explains how eddy currents are created when magnets are moved relative to a conductive material.  These eddy currents in turn create an opposing magnetic field in the conductor.  Our core technology, which we call Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA™), focuses this field more efficiently. 
You can go ahead and google both of these scientific principles, but to sum it up in regards to levitation: Lenz = Easy, Earnshaw = Hard.
The Hendo Hoverboard is a first-step product, a precursor to the broader implementation of the world-changing technology of MFA.  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.
Unlike magnetic levitation systems employed today, our hover systems are comparably inexpensive and completely sustainable. Hovering modes of transportation are now possible and practical. Lifting a wide range of loads - whether it's a person riding a hoverboard (what we were all expecting) or a building riding out an earthquake (what we never imagined could be possible) - is all within reach.
 

 

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