New Hendo Hover board turns sci-fi concept into reality

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For decades many anxious sci-fi fans longed for the hover board. However fake and scam hover boards seemed to be the closest thing to a real life one.

All that will change on Oct. 21 2015 with the release of the Hendo Hover board.

The Hendo Hover board is a proof of concept Hover board developed by a small company named Arx Pax. The board itself will feature four small “hover engines”. These engine will provide the energy to allow the board to hover one or two inches off the ground.

All of the board’s power goes into the engines. However the engines themselves work in a unique way. To be able to hover the board needs to use something called Lenz’s Law. Lenz’s Law states that the induced current, flows in a direction that opposes the change that induced the current.

The Hendo Hover board uses this law in its engines. The engines themselves actually consist of a circle of strong neodymium magnets. When turned on the engines spin the magnets around at high speeds creating an opposing magnetic current on the surface below. This makes the magnets repel each other creating the “hover” motion.

As of recently the hover board is only able to hover on copper surfaces making it almost completely impractical for users. However Founder of Arx Pax, Greg Henderson, recently said in an interview with Maximum PC Magazine that the company plans on tweaking the design to allow it to hover on various surfaces.

The company plans to release their product for official sale on Oct. 21 2015 at an amount of $10,000 although over time the price will be lowered. Originally the board started a campaign on www.Kickstarter.com for their goal of raising $250,000. The company not only reached their goal but were funded twice the original amount. Users who donated money towards the campaign received what the company calls the “white box developer kit” which consists of four hover engines and a manual.

Henderson said, “The board is really just a proof of concept for a much more ambitious endeavor. The real deal here is what the technology can offer to the transportation sector, particularly trains. Unlike the Maglev trains in Japan and Germany, its technology is much cheaper and much more maneuverable.”

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