After its initial release last year, the company Hendo and/or Arx Pax has released its second version of its Hoverboard. Surprisingly it works very well, but it only seems to work on certain metal surfaces.
It seems that Hoverboards that can hover over any surface (as depicted in Back to The Future) still do not exist. Regardless, Hendo has accomplished a big step forward in the Hoverboard technology.
Danielle Muoio from Tech Insider reported the following:
“It’s only fitting that Arx Pax released their new version of the Hendo hoverboard Wednesday — the same day Marty McFly made it to 2015 and rode a hoverboard himself.
California couple Jill and Greg Henderson launched a Kickstarter campaign last year to create the Hendo hoverboard. Backers contributed $10,000 to the campaign to make the hoverboard a reality.
The latest version, called the Hendo 2.0, comes with some added perks. It still can only ride on a conductive surface, like a copper-plated floor, but it comes with a longer battery life and eliminates the loud whining noise the older model emanated.”
Apparently Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk helped design the original Hendo Hoverboard. According to Tech Insider, the Hoverboard was modelled after a real skateboard to make it easier to use. Most of us will have to wait longer to try one of these since Hendo’s Hoverboards are not available for consumers.
Bob Gale, one of the screenwriters for ‘Back to the Future II,’ embraced the Hendo Hoverboard’s new design.
‘It was a total high riding the Hendo because it embodied what we were trying to create in 1989,” Gale said in the press statement. “The Hendersons’ movie-inspired technology has led to not only a functional hoverboard, but also other fascinating hover applications.’ “
Follow the link to Hendo to learn more about what they do here.
Watch this video below from Youtube channel TechCrunch to see the Hoverboard in action.