About two months ago, husband and wife design team Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Hendo Hoverboard, a hovering skateboard they hoped to make available by October 2015. The campaign was a huge success, doubling the original $250,000 goal, and it was named one of TIME magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014.
What is a hando hoverboard?
The Hendo Hoverboard is exactly what it sounds like: a gravity-defying skateboard that hovers about an inch off the ground—no wheels needed. This is the world’s first real hoverboard and it’s amazing.
So cool that legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk stopped by to take it on and love it:
Since there is no friction, the ride on a Hendo handboard is smoother than on wheels. It seamlessly integrates with your natural body movements so you have total control, while its many safety precautions ensure the safest experience possible.
How it works?
The underlying technologies of the Hendo Hoverboard are everything that has existed before, but so far no one has been able to align them to produce a hoverboard.
On the Kickstarter page, the company provides a simplified explanation of how it works:
The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These motors create an opposite magnetic field in the surface substrate below, which provides lift by lifting our board off the ground.
To go deeper, the technology depends on Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA), which is Hendo’s term for magnetic levitation.
Why copper? Well, as Greg Henderson said live, copper is an inductor — a non-magnetic metal: