2015 was the year of the hoverboard – from Back to the Future Day to Lexus’ liquid nitrogen-powered device – and now, the ArcaBoard has joined the movement. Built by ArcaSpace, this new “Long Endurance” hoverboard can float for six minutes using 36 powerful fans working in tandem. This next step may shift us closer to McFly levels of our hoverboard dreams.
The ArcaBoard’s power, 272 horsepower to be exact, is generated by the electric ducted fans, which can hold a person weighing up to 243 pounds. The built-in stabilization system helps prevent taking a tumble, yet this feature can be deactivated through a phone app so the rider can navigate turns with bodyweight. The forced cooling system prevents overheating and aerospace grade composite materials lend to a light and sturdy frame.
While the ArcaBoard limited capabilities for long-term travel (as well as its hefty $19,900 price tag) will likely result in few sales, the technology is promising. ArcaSpace operates mostly as a private space company and specializes in rockets and electrical powered aircrafts. Their steps toward perfecting hoverboard technology is exciting to the masses on a different level, as some or most of us may be using them as our primary mode of transportation in the not so distant future.
Via The Verge
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