WHAT A REAL HOVERBOARD LOOKS LIKE

WHAT A REAL HOVERBOARD LOOKS LIKE

By: Shaan Desai
Since 1989, when Back To The Future 2 introduced us to hoverboards, we’ve always wanted them to be a reality. In recent years, different companies have released what they call hoverboards, but they’re really just glorified, handleless segways. They don’t even hover! What does a real hoverboard look like?
A company called Hendo has attempted to fulfill this fantasy. They have created multiple models of the “Hendo Hoverboard.” Using “hover engines,” the hoverboard makes a magnetic field that opposes a magnetic field generated from a specific hover track, which generates the levitation through magnetic resistance between the board and the track. This opposition is strong enough that a human can stand on the hoverboard without it falling. You can find more information at hendohover.com.
But Hendo is not the only company creating hoverboards. Lexus has also made a hoverboard. A few years ago, Lexus has a commercial advertising one of their cars and in the background of the commercial, you can see a man riding what looks like a hoverboard. Most people brushed it off as being fake, but it is 100% real. Using technology similar to the Hendo Hoverboard above, it also uses a special track to work. Compared to the Hendo Hoverboard, this one looks a lot better aesthetically, but the Lexus Hoverboard also needs to be cooled with liquid nitrogen every time you want to ride it.
While these hoverboards probably won’t be commercially available for a few years, they still give us a glimpse at what the near future could hold. What do you think about these real-life hoverboards? Leave a comment at pinoakpress.org.