It’s been 25 years since Back to the Future 2 wowed audiences with its wildly fascinating interpretation of the future. In the film, there were dozens upon dozens of radical ideas and inventions, but even among all of the fictional innovations, one seemed to stand out from the rest: the hover board.
Since its big screen debut, the world has eagerly waited for the hover board’s arrival. But strangely, in a world of self-driving cars and pocket cell phones that house everything imaginable, the hover board has yet to debut. Of course, this may all change very soon because of one humble Californian company, Arx Parx.
Over the past few years, Arx Parx has been hard at work developing what could be considered the world’s first legitimate hover board.
The board, which has been named Hendo, uses a “magnetic field architecture” to create the necessary hovering capability. Inventor Greg Henderson says, “A magnet has an electromagnetic field. It is equal in all areas. It has a north and a south pole. What if you were able to take that magnet, and organize the magnetic field so that it was only on one side? And then you combine that with other magnetic fields in a way that amplifies and focuses their strength? That’s magnetic field architecture.”
Currently, the new hover board only works when coupled with a metal surface, meaning that this could not be used to glide down the street. But still, the board is just in its initial stages of infancy. In fact, Henderson believes this technology can be used for everything from trains to hover boards to even buildings.
Josh Lowensohn of The Verge writes, “[Henderson] envisions it as something that could be used for lifting a building off its foundation. In fact, that was the premise of the company before it was even talking hover boards. A patent Henderson filed for the company last March envisions a three-part system that would put the hover engines in the very foundation of a building, lifting it up and out of the way of danger.”
For now, though, the hover board is the best way to examine and perfect the magnetic technology. And of course get people interested in their work. Currently, they have a Kickstarter campaign that is aimed at raising $250,000 for research and development. In return, Arx Parx is giving backers small engine packs so they can develop their own creations. Also, they are giving a select group of up to 10 people their very own hoverboards, each of which is valued at approximately $10,000.