A start-up company called Hendo has devised a hoverboard similar to Marty McFly’s in the classic “Back to the Future” film, and it can now boast that a legendary name in the skateboarding world – none other than Tony Hawk – is a fan.
Hawk was apparently sold on Hendo when he tried it out at a specially designed park in Los Gatos, Calif., that has a copper-lined mini-pipe. The copper creates a magnetic field that, combined with strong air jets, allows the hoverboard to hover in the air. “Forget everything you know,” Hawk said, according to Slash Gear.
Hendo has managed to fully fund it’s $250,000 Kickstarter campaign to produce the futuristic ride. With 26 days ago until the Dec. 14 deadline, the Los Gatos-based company has raised $463,726 from 2,841 “backers.” Of these, 11 have pledged $10,000 or more, which entitles them to “one of the world’s first 10 production hoverboards,” according to the Kickstarter page (It’s not clear whether Hendo will make more than 10 due to demand, but it appears likely). The production hoverboards will arrive by the Oct. 21, 2015, VIP event.
Hendo is on its 18th hoverboard prototype and the board uses four disc-shaped hover engines that “induce an opposing magnetic field in the surface substrate below that provides lift” to lift the board off the ground, Hendo says on the Kickstarter page. The board “is primarily intended to be self-propelled” but can be redirected using a force such as as the strong air jets.
Hendo adds: “We are working on new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs.” As it perfects the hoverboard, Hendo is open-sourcing its technology through the Whitebox Developer Kit.