Once in a while, a story comes along that reminds you that the future is not as far away as you might think. It’s the kind of story that just sweeps you off your feet—literally! Because this startup company out of Los Gatos has created something that we bet you’ve been dreaming about for a long time.
The company’s name is Hendo and it has created a true revolutionary device—a real, working hoverboard! Don’t believe us? Then check out this moving video from their website and see for yourself the power of innovation and imagination!
The magic behind this futuristic device lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. They create a special magnetic field that literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates the hoverboard about an inch off the ground. To go forward or backward, you simply have to redirect the engines much like you would do to redirect a skateboard.
According to their website, Hendo has big plans for this little invention, but their dreams our way bigger. “We’re developing something that is truly, manifestly . . . revolutionary,” says their founder Greg Henderson. He and his wife Jill came up with this concept of Magnetic Field Architecture (or MFA) as a way to employ an unexploited technology in ways others had not.
These magnetic engines are completely scalable—meaning that they can be made very small or very large. According to highsnobiety.com, The Henderson’s technology has uses far beyond just recreational: imagine vehicles that hover over the ground like a land speeder from Star Wars, or building structures built in such a way that, with the flip of a switch, they can literally be lifted out of harm’s way. Soon, earthquakes, floods, even rising sea levels would no longer hold sway over people.
Now, bear in mind, right now the hoverboard is just a prototype and there’s a still a lot of headway to make towards achieving that dream. Hendo is currently working through Kickstarter to get their name out there and build funds to bring this project up to speed. From all of us here at DIDI, we wish them the best of luck in their endeavors!
It’s great to see innovation and ingenuity come together and create something that the world literally has never seen before. We have so many stories on the blog showcasing how brilliant inventors and entrepreneurs are working to change and save the world. And just think: eventually every technology will be brought together, from 3D printing to advanced manufacturing to, yes, even hoverboards, and pretty soon we’ll wake up in the world of tomorrow! We simply cannot wait!
photo credit: Highsnobiety.com