Hendo 2.0 Hoverboard Improves Upon Original Design
Hendo 2.0, the second iteration of the hoverboard created by Arx Pax in collaboration with skateboarder Tony Hawk, has arrived.
The Hendo 2.0 uses Magnetic Field Architecture hover engine technology to bring the idea of the hoverboard – introduced in Back to the Future as Marty McFly’s preferred mode of transportation – to life.
“The hover engine creates a primary magnetic field which is then put over a candidate surface like aluminum or copper,” Greg Henderson, co-founder and CEO of Arx Pax, told CNN. “The hover engine then creates swirls of electricity and those create a secondary magnetic field, which propels the firsts.”
“Essentially we are providing a tool,” Henderson said, explaining that there could be far-ranging possibilities for the technology.
Arx Pax sees the hoverboard as just the start of “moveables” – a play on the concept of “wearables” like the iWatch. The whole ability to not touch the ground could create a rippling of possibilities in not only transportation but in structural isolation and industrial automation.
As for the Hendo 2.0, Arx Pax is using the device merely as a proof of concept and has only made 11 of them to send to initial Kickstarter backers.
“Our second-generation hover engines which power Hendo 2.0 are stronger, more efficient, and open up new possibilities for the way we transport objects and people,” said Jill Henderson, the other co-founder of Arx Pax.
Though Arx Pax isn’t considering a wide release yet, the co-founders believe it’s only a matter of time before personal hoverboards become part of the norm.