CEO and co-founder Greg Henderson of the California-based company Arx Pax said he has developed the Hendo hoverboard and expects the first ones to be delivered exactly one year from today – Oct. 21, 2015, which is also the day Marty McFly arrives in the future in the timeless classic, "Back to the Future."
While many might suspect the movie is exactly where Henderson's idea came from, he said that's actually not the case: "It came from the idea of hovering a building out of harm's way. If you can levitate a train that weighs 50,000 kilograms, why not a house?" he told Engadget.
Henderson explained that such technology could theoretically be used to minimize the damage earthquakes can cause by simply lifting buildings (and the people inside of them) off the ground when tremors strike.
But the new technology is about even more than minimizing the damage from earthquakes: "The most important piece of it all for me is the idea of taking away the limitations of how we think about problems in general. Not just thinking outside the box, but off the page. When you do that – when you approach problems that were seemingly impossible in different ways – you'll never cease to be amazed by the solutions you can come up with," Henderson said.
The hoverboard developer is also using the project to encourage other entrepreneurial minds by selling a developer kit for $299. The kit will include a complete hover engine and enough hover surface space to let innovative minds run wild (or fly high?).
If you're not on board with the hover board yet, you can try it out for yourself.
The first 250 people to donate $100 or more will be eligible for a five-minute ride on one of the prototype boards. Those donating $1,000 or more will be eligible for up to one hour on the hoverboard with a private coach.
Henderson said the startup is seeking to crowd-fund the revolutionary Hendo hoverboard on Kickstarter. The first 10 people to donate $10,000 or more to the campaign can expect their very own hover board to arrive exactly one year from today- landing them, perhaps not in-coincidentally, "Back to the Future."
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