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Hoverboards That Really Hover Are Here Hoverboards have been quite popular in the past few years, seeing sales skyrocket after their introduction into the mainstream in 2015.

Although their popularity has seen a dip as the novelty has worn off and some safety issues have come up, these transportation devices are still out there. The irony is that until now, their name has been misleading.

The Original Idea

The term “hoverboard” was first made widely known after Marty McFly was seen riding one in the 1989 hit movie Back to The Future, check this out:

In the film, Marty travels in time to October 21, 2015, and comes across all kind of futuristic devices, one of them being the hoverboard, a sort of flying skateboard that you could ride effortlessly wherever you pleased.

News Flash: Most Hoverboards Don’t “Hover” At All

Hoverboards may have made their debut in 2015 like the movie predicted, but most don’t hover at all.

They simply roll on two big wheels, much like a motorized scooter or Segway without the handle.

two epikgo hoverboards on an asphalt road

They move by the rider shifting their body weight back and forth or side to side. There are now a lot of different models and we compared the best ones here.

Real Hoverboards Are in the Works

A lot of consumers and businesses alike have spoken up about this misnomer, describing a product as doing something that it's not even capable of actually doing.

Marty McFly fans, the dream is not lost—there are companies out there working on hoverboards that really hover.

The Omni Hoverboard

One software engineer turned entrepreneur, Alexandru Duru of Omni Hoverboards in Quebec, Canada invented a device that currently holds the world record for longest hoverboard flight—905 feet and 2 inches.

His board uses the concept of propellers to lift the board and move it forward. That record-winning flight was guided by a makeshift handheld steering device that Duru made out of pliers, but future prototypes are being developed.

Omni plans to have their newest version available for the public to try by some time in 2017. The ArcaBoard, powered by electric ducted fans, can fly, but it stays closer to the ground.

The highest it will go is about 1 foot in the air, and it can only fly for a few minutes before needing to be recharged.

Some of these boards have already sold, but they start at well over $20,000 if you want to purchase the charger and everything you’ll need to make it work.

The Hendo Hoverboard

The Hendo board uses magnetic field architecture.

This is probably the least power-consuming, most likely feasible long term solution for hoverboards.

Evolution of Hnedo Hoverboard year by year

It entails using magnetic forces by flying the boards over conductive surfaces that can repel magnets inside the hoverboard—much like when you try to force two same together that have the same polarity.

This technology results in a much smoother ride that doesn’t create as much turbulence or movement, and therefore will require less power to move.

What’s Next?

Probably the biggest challenge that is holding real hoverboards back is the power issue. A lot of models have been able to fly, but they aren’t going to get you very far.

Even the Omni board with its world record won’t get you to work—at 905 feet, it might get you to the end of your block.

These things require an enormous amount of charging time that is crazily disproportionate to how long it can fly—the ArcaBoard can fly for 6 minutes but requires 6 hours of charging time!

Also, things like fuel tanks or batteries make the boards heavier, defeating the goal of effortlessly and lightly flying through the air.

Still, flying hoverboards have made great strides in the last few years.

A few years ago no one would have believed it would be possible that what Marty McFly saw was closer in our future than we thought. Even though their crazy expensive, some of these hoverboards are already for sale to the public.

It would be really cool if hoverboards can actually do what they say they do someday—hover. Their inventors have a lot of big ideas for them besides just being a cool way to show up at a party, however.

The inventors behind these recent prototypes have a broader vision.

They see their masterpieces eventually being used to do things like pull survivors out of trapped rubble, or in other emergency situations.

They probably also will end up making a really fun replacement for your ATV or 4-wheeler. No matter what they will be used for, flying hoverboards are well on their way to becoming a reality.

To be continued ...​

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3 comments
Joey says May 21, 2017

This actually made me laugh because when I first heard about hoverboards, I assumed they were like the ones in Back to the Future! I really thought they hovered above ground! I am sure we are closing in on that technology and soon enough that will be an option but myself and so many others must have looked like morons! LOL

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Lisa says August 14, 2017

I am such a moron! LOL My son knows I know nothing about these things and he told me he wanted a hoverboard, I thought of Back to the Future and said yeah right, they aren’t real. Well, he made me believe hoverbaords really did hover. Him and his friend had a field day at my expensive. I laugh now but I was mad haha It is nice to see something that actually does lift off the ground and is real. I don’t feel as dumb lol

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GearPriest says September 11, 2017

Cool article. I would love to see something like the Omni Hoverboard but more compact… I guess I’m one of those still waiting for the Marty McFly experience 😉

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