30 Year Later we’re back to the Future with Real Hoverboards
Hoverboards must have been commemorated in 1989 Back To the Future movies but they are finally here with inventions like Hendo, Lexus’ slide and others we might just be seeing the actual Hoverboards sooner than we thought. With the use of magnetic levitation and superconductor surfaces, the hoverboards are able to rise from the ground on its own. This technology had been used before by helicopters and bullet trains but it had not been actualized for the use of creating hoverboards. However, unlike the train which follows a track, the hoverboards are able to levitate as long as they’re above non-ferrous magnetic field.
Hovering technology avoids friction hence the hoverboards could be able to move faster than wheels can in the future. Furthermore, the energy used to lift the hoverboards particularly Hendo is one fourth what is to lift a helicopter. With further advancement and through the company’s team, the hoverboards of the future are bound to be smaller, lighter and more powerful.
Hendo Hoverboard has hover engines that create magnetic fields which react to a superconductive surface beneath it to create a secondary magnetic field. The magnetic fields then repel each other allowing the gadget to hover. The fact that the hoverboards can only be used over conductive surface is the main limiting factor that is causing the hoverboard not to be let out to the public. As soon as a solution is found as to how the devices can offer without necessarily using a superconductor surface we will probably be able to see it in the skate parks around.
The Hoverboards require plenty of practice before one is able to comfortably ride and stay balanced on the device. Additionally, all superconducting materials require extremely low temperatures to gain their conducting ability. By low temperatures we are talking of minus 230 degrees Fahrenheit or lower which is what Lexus have used to create their stylish hoverboard. They use liquid nitrogen which refills after about every 10-30 minutes to maintain the low temperature.
Omni also developed and manufactured a hi-tech fan-powered hoverboards. Their mark-1 prototype succeeded to hover a total distance of 275.9 m and achieved a Guinness World Records title for the longest distance covered by a hoverboard. For both Lexus and Hendo it has taken a lot of effort, hard work and time to come up with the ultimate prototype. From building tracks to figuring out what amount of lift is suitable for the hoverboard to move on. It has been a tough journey but at Imotion Board we believe that the reality of having an actual hoverboard that magically floats mid-air is about to materialize.
Current Hoverboards are quite neat and stylish similarly to the Marty McFly idea but it may be a while until we have actual real-life hoverboards that can be ridden freely by anyone. They will however be very helpful in the future. The prices could also be on the extreme high side for anyone who wants to get their hand on this amazing gadget due to the technology required to make it hover.