Always wanted a hoverboard like the one Marty McFly used in Back to the Future? If so, you may soon be able to purchase one just like it for a cool $10,000. One caveat: it requires a metal floor beneath you. Los Gatos-based startup Arx Pax is making the HENDO a reality, with the board itself relying on four disc-shaped hover engines that generate an electromagnetic field over a conductive surface (like copper sheeting), which in turn creates an opposing field within the surface. The two fields then repel each other, allowing the board to hover about an inch off the ground. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“To move 1 kilogram of material using the MFA technology requires about 40 watts of electricity. By comparison, a Black Hawk helicopter requires 160 watts of power to move the same size payload, Henderson says. Of course, a helicopter can fly more than a few inches off the ground, and over any terrain,” says Yahoo News.