Hoverboard brought to life

Before you get too excited, although it is technically “real,” it’s just maglev technology, you know, electromagnets that you can buy off the shelf, provided you go to the right store. This hoverboard only works on the platform that houses the electromagnets, and while it can carry some weight, it’s not near powerful enough to hold a human. A clever and fun demonstration of a simple idea, really. The creator Nils Guadagnin says there are also lasers involved to help balance, but I’m not sure how or why they are needed. Video after the jump.

- Thanks to Concretin Nik for the tip.

4 Comments

  1. Nice, there was only two original ones from the movie. The heavy one to hold the actor on it made out of wood, and the light one, made out of plastic to be carried by the actor.
    Last week I made one with DM wood and my girlfriend painted it for a costume of her 27th aniversary… And when I thought nothing could impres me more about this awesome gadget I see your video.
    Dude, this is really cool. I hope you or someone else would fully improve the device one day… in the future! Congratulations.

    LINK

  2. krunt on May 31, 2010 - Reply

    f’n magnets – how do they work?

  3. I love you
    Iran wants to talk to you I think I’m one of Askythay stay on the air if you ask me if I am one of them had
    I have a question, why are not more like 7 inches of ground surface
    Thanks a lot

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