Hoverboard release date- is this real?
Regarding the Hoverboard release date we must say that 2016 is a seriously exciting year for Hoverboard technology. Wait, we need to clear a few things up. There is a “Hoverboard” device made in China that is malfunctioning and suddenly bursting into flames. This is not the Hoverboard we’re referring to. Back to the Future fans will know that Marty Mcfly left us frothing about the real Hoverboard, a board that levitates in the air. Ever since that first movie we’ve been wishing it would become a reality. Who wouldn’t want to soar through the cities and weave and dodge through all the traffic. Every child has had those dreams they’d wish would never end of them suddenly gaining ability to fly, so this technology is changing what we though was once only science fiction.
Lets take a look at the most widely discussed Hoverboards and discuss if they do indeed have a Hoverboard release date or if they are merely fabricated concepts with no hope going into production.
Arcaboard-Future Hoverboard Technology
The ArcaBoard is a board lifted by 36 high power electric ducted fans with a maximum thrust of 200 kg (430 lbs). Currently the batteries only provide 3-6 minutes flight time. We need companies to seriously innovate in the battery tech department. It’s been far too long since we’ve since massive improvement in battery performance, although research into fuel cells is progressing along rather nicely. The Arcaboard has a built-in stabilization unit, meaning that ArcaBoard is stable in any condition and is a very safe platform to fly on. There are two options for controlling the Arcaboard. The first is via your mobile device and an app, the second is to turn of the stability control and use your body to control the board.
If you’ve got a spare $19,900 lying around then go ahead and order yourself one of these ultimate flying gadgets. You’ll attract a lot of attention flying through he urban city streets with one of these. We sure have come a long way since the Wright Brothers and their flying contraptions.
This hoverboard release date is for April 2016.
Hendo 2 Hoverboard 2.0
A company called Arx pax that builds hover engines giving rise to a better future is making massive progression with Hoverboard technology. The original, or first real working hoverboard was unveiled by Arx Pax in 2014, when they had they Hendo prototype and it relied on magnetic technology combined with using copper materials to create opposing magnetic fields and allow the board to hover over a aluminium or copper surface. If you saw it, Tony Hawk got to ride it.
Arx Pax have been working on the Hendo 2.0. The design finally resembles much more of your traditional long board design with the deck being mounted to a battery pack. There are also 4 engines that are evenly spread out and mounted to the deck itself via trucks. The board still hovers over a copper or Aluminium floor (copper works best). It’s important to not that these elements aren’t magnetic but they are conductive. The engines create a magnetic fields and when these fields react with a conductive material then small loops of electricity are created called Eddy currents. Essentially the Eddy currents are a second magnetic field in the conductive surface and the two fields mirror each other which in turn creates a repulsion and the board generates lift.
Although this prototype exists, they will not be commercially available until otherwise announced.
The Lexus Slide
Lexus went next level with their plans to unveil their Hoverboard. They build an entirely magnetized skate park by embedding a metal track underneath the surface of the skate park. The slide (Lexus’s Hoverboard) has 32 super conductive and when they come into contact with the skate park they create opposing forces which is just enough to provide the slide with a few inches of life above the track. The smoke you see coming out of the board isn’t just their to make the board look all futuristic and fancy and stuff ( they do look cool though). That smoke happens to be liquid nitrogen and it’s required to cool the magnets down to -321 Fahrenheit (-196.1 Celsius). The team had to keep refilling the board with 50 Oz (1478 mm) of liquid nitrogen every 8-10 minutes or so.
This Hoverboard release date was 5th August 2015, but once again purely as a concept and for Lexus to flaunt their Hoverboard wizardry and give us an idea of what is to come