Ready to skateboard on a cushion of air?
Ready to skateboard on a cushion of air? Arx Pax engineer Shauna Moran demonstrates riding a Hendo Hoverboard. Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground (AP photos)
Ready to skateboard on a cushion of air?
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Your knees quiver while perched on a 90-pound slice of copper board. Floating above a pillow of air, the board seems about to shoot out from under your feet. The sound of the high-pitched engine bounces of the sheet of copper as you swivel and glide your way a few feet forward.

This is hoverboarding.

Skateboarding is going airborne this fall. That's with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard. It uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. The creators believe their technology will someday be used to transport large containers. Maybe it could hold buildings above earthquakes as the ground shakes below.

But for now, it's all about fun.

"You just smoothly move along. And it's odd because you can move in all directions," said engineer Kyle O'Neil. He is seated on a copper ramp where they test their products while wearing helmets and safety lenses.

But there are some catches. The Hendo currently only works for about 15 minute. Then it needs recharging. It can only operate over metal surfaces. And it's expensive, $10,000.

Greg and Jill Henderson are co-founders of the firm Arx Pax. Their company developed the Hendo Hoverboard. Now they envision much more.

Sketches of hoverboard parks are already pinned to the walls. The parks would be similar to skateboard parks. People could rent boards and ride up and down ramps.

Here's how it works: four dinner plate-sized hover engines are on the bottom of the board to create a magnetic field. That induces a secondary magnetic field in a conductive surface. In this case that surface is copper, although aluminum even under concrete works as well. Magnetic levitation trains in Asia work on similar principles.

Hoverboards captured public interest in the "Back to the Future" movies. In one film, character Marty McFly hopped on one to escape attackers.

Since then, there have been some real attempts. The current prototype was designed in part by surfboard shaper Bob Pearson. It is broader and wider than a typical skateboard. It's also fairly slow.

Henderson is delighted with what they've done so far.

"Last month," he said, "the Wikipedia entry for hoverboard said this was a fictional device.

"It doesn't say that anymore."

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  • nathanielf-Fou
    12/03/2014 - 12:27 p.m.

    The idea of the hover park is awesome!!i hope that u can make the hover board different colors like blue pink orange purple green red and white

  • Skyler-Kue
    12/03/2014 - 08:16 p.m.

    The story READY TO SKATEBOARD ON A CUSHION OF AIR? was great.. They finally made the first real hoverboard. But for now it is only for fun. And here is the trick... It only works for 15 minutes and then has to recharge. And it only works on metal surfaces. They used hover boards in the movie "Back to the Future." Also you can buy them and they cost $10,000. You can also rent them. This hoverboard is called The Hendo Hoverboard. And that is why this story was great.

  • andrewm-Fou
    12/04/2014 - 11:57 a.m.

    The story was good and I wish I can have skatebord on cushion air but it is 10,000

  • andrewm-Fou
    12/04/2014 - 12:05 p.m.

    This is the best skatebord in life that I heried I think kid will like this air skatebord. If I had it I will be rideing it all by and you don't have to charge it but I would take care of it

  • haileybr-Bla
    12/04/2014 - 06:34 p.m.

    This article is about a hover board that has already been made. If you want the hover board you will have to pa $10,000. There is also another catch you can only use for 15 min before you have to charge it again. riding it is like sitting or standing on a cushion of air. The company who made it is well I don't actually w but anyway you can only use the hover board on copper or aluminum. The company who made this said that maybe in the future they will use it for caring packages to different places. If you want to you can rent the hover board too. That is summary on Ready To Skateboard On A Cushion Of Air. P.S the facts aren't in order at all.

  • CarterP-Bla
    12/11/2014 - 06:13 p.m.

    1.I read the artical "Ready to skateboard on a cushion of air?" I thout it was funny when the artical sead "Last month the Wikipedia entry for hoverboard said this was a fictional device. It doesn't say that anymore." 3.I also thout it was awsome that they finaly made a hover board! I will definetly (when I (ater a while)get enuf money) be byeing one 4.there is no chritical thinking question

  • Matthew11101110
    1/01/2015 - 04:36 p.m.

    I think this would be an awesome experince. It must feel weird though just to be floating in mid-air. I wish it was cheaper though, beacause I don't have $10,000. It's clear they did this because of the Back to the Future movies. But I doubt we'll have flying cars by the end of the year.

  • ryan0420-yyca
    1/05/2015 - 06:14 p.m.

    i think it is a rip off that the hendo is $10000 i think that it should be about $2000 for the hoverboard. if people ride the hendo on the sidewalks how will they move for people in their way. Also I think the hoverboard has a very short time to ride in my opinon. if someone were to ride the hoverboard and it was aluminunm wouldnt they slip off the hoverboard. If i had the money i would not buy it because it is not worth it to pay 10000 for a hoverboard. If people ride the Hendo and try going off and on rampos they would scratch the machimne so i think it is not gurantted to ride it on ramps.

    • Tiffany0307-yyca
      1/06/2015 - 02:04 p.m.

      Well, even though I have the same opinion as you, you still need capitalization and grammar. Plus, you have to learn how to write complete sentences. And I think you should get your spelling right too, because you spelled guaranteed wrong. I don't think you should write stuff like "rip-off" too. Never mind about the same opinion thing. Now that I think about it, I want to buy a hoverboard,(even though I don't even know how to ride it).

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    1/06/2015 - 12:26 p.m.

    Ryan, I disagree with your comment right now because the Hendo hoverboard isn't just a ripoff, the Hendo is good by carrying buildings when an earthquake hits but it is fun to ride skateboard on a cushion of air. Well sorry Ryan, I had to disagree it right now.

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