Hendo wants to create the classic hoverboard, a hover park, and a bunch of other stuff. That’s really cool, and if you’re into this sort of thing you should back this campaign for sure. Just remember that, unless you fork out $10,000 and are ready to put on custom flooring, you’re not getting a hoverboard just yet. You can, however, get a developer’s kit to create your own hover devices, or buy a ride on an actual hoverboard.
So how does this really work then?
Levitation using magnets seems simple – just put one magnet over another, same poles facing, and the top one will float. Voila, right? Sadly, as we all find out (usually as heartbroken little kids) this never works. Due to something called Earnshaw’s Theorem, a stable static equilibrium between two magnets is impossible. There have been a number of ways around this, but none have proven feasible enough for everyday applications. Until now.
Lenz’s law explains how eddy currents are created when magnets are moved relative to a conductive material. These eddy currents in turn create an opposing magnetic field in the conductor. Our core technology, which we call Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA™), focuses this field more efficiently.
You can go ahead and google both of these scientific principles, but to sum it up in regards to levitation: Lenz = Easy, Earnshaw = Hard.
With the actual Hendo Hoverboard clocking in at $10,000, it’s more likely that you’ll grab one of the developer kits. If you just want to support the campaign, there are t-shirts and your name etched in the hoverpark, among other things. The desktop replica is also pretty cool.
Favorite perk ($299)
THE WHITEBOX™ DEVELOPER KIT: A Hendo hover engine set, and enough surface to hover it on. All yours to marvel at. You can even remove the engines and try hovering something of your own design and, beyond that, come up with other novel uses for Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA™). You will also get a T-Shirt and Sticker/Magnet Combo.