Almost a year ago to the date, our own Paul Sacca wrote a post about all the things Back To The Future promised society in 2015. The very first item on that list was Hoverboards, which — as of January 1, last year — weren’t really real yet.
But a lot can happen in a year. Lexus, for example, capitalized on the 30th anniversary of Back To The Future by inventing a hoverboard concept that uses super magnets. And, like it or not, “hoverboard” has become the de facto term used by the masses to describe the Segway hands-free scooters that everyone is hurting themselves over this holiday season.
The latest in hoverboard consumer technology is the ArcaBoard. This hoverboard, unlike the things we keep calling hoverboards, actually floats. In fact, it’s WAY more similar to the board Marty McFly rode on than the device Lexus built earlier this year. And if you want one, it only costs a cool $20,000 a pop.
The ArcaBoard is propelled by 36 electric fans deliver over 270 horsepower that cause it to levitate up to a foot above the ground. It travels up to 12mph. According to Huffington Post, “a person weighing about 150 pounds can ride the device for about six minutes before requiring a 35-minute recharge.” The creator says that’s plenty long for a thrill when you put it in perspective:
“If you are surfing, the experience lasts maybe a minute or so, if you jump from a parachute, the experience is maybe two to three minutes,” said Popescu, a leather jacket-clad Romanian native who turns 39 on Friday. “With the Arcaboard, you get the six minutes of riding experience.”
In an interview with HuffPo, the creator the Arcaboard refuses to call it a hoverboard, too, since the word has lost it’s meaning thanks to Chinese manufacturers making hands-free Segways.
But let’s get down to brass tacks, here: It’s totally a hoverboard.
Shipments start April 15, 2016.
The year 2015 has been fully realized. Thanks, Marty McFly.