World’s first ‘REAL’ hoverboard is finally set to launch. It might be expensive, and hard to steer, but give you more than 5 minutes of usage.
Arx Pax describes its product on its Kickstarter page as the “World’s first REAL hoverboard” and the Los Gatos, Calif. Co is more than a 5th of the way to their fundraising goal. With 54 days left in their campaign the company has raised nearly $60,000 out of a $250,000 goal.
Signe Brewster, a writer for GigaOM.com, personally tried the hoverboard and told that the device’s battery only lasts about seven minutes and will cost customers $10,000 to buy their own. Its release is currently scheduled on 21st Oct, 2015.
Brewster wrote, “Regardless of the heavy price tag, Arx Pax… let me take it for a ride Monday afternoon. I wasn’t immediately sturdy enough to jerk the board in different directions, but I kept my balance as it slowly spun in a circle while I bounced between two of Arx Pax’s engineers. The board was large, almost like a doublewide snowboard. It felt as if I was standing on a giant air hockey puck hovering three quarters of an inch above the ground.”
Moreover, Engadget’s Sean Buckley also got to take the hoverboard for a spin and stated that it will “only ascend over non-ferrous metals like copper or aluminum.”
He further stated that, “The Hendo hoverboard doesn’t ride at all like McFly’s flying skateboard. Indeed, without a propulsion system, it tends to waft uselessly. Arx Pax founder and Hendo inventor Greg Henderson says the company is still working on this. Leaning on one side of the board sways it to spin and waft in the desired direction. Though, without feeling the friction of the ground, I had trouble knowing how much pressure to exert – Henderson’s staff had to jump in and save me from spinning out of control. Clearly, this might take some practice.”
While, on the other hand, the inventor of the hoverboard’s also uttered a haughty long-term goal of levitating a house to protect it from being damaged in a natural disaster like an earthquake. Henderson told Buckley that right now the team is focusing on the hover board.