What with 2015 being the apparent “year of the hoverboard”, we have a final contender before the year ends. It’s called the ArcaBoard from ArcaSpace, A private space company. And it doesn’t use magnets, or superconductors, or any smoke and mirrors — just a whole lot of ducted fans.
Thirty-six of them to be precise. The ArcaBoard uses 36 electric motors with an apparent 7.55HP each, powered by a massive bank of lithium ion batteries. Together, they produce 430 pounds of thrust, which allows most riders to float around quite easily. Even with that huge power drain, it apparently lasts for a whole 20 minutes, which is pretty impressive considering its size.
Apparently, it’ll be available for purchase this spring. It only costs $19,900. We can’t tell if they’re being serious or not. It most definitely works, but we’d like to see some demonstrations of people actually going somewhere on it first — most of the clips in the following video just show them floating around in place… if you want to do that, make yourself a leaf-blower hoverboard!
That being said, we’re totally impressed they followed through with this idea, and actually built a working product. Apparently the idea to make a hoverboard was suggested by the COO’s son. The CEO heard this and said yeah, we can totally do that! So they did.
It is a bit bigger than the Lexus hoverboard, but at least you don’t need a special track to ride it on.