Not content to let Back to the Future Day pass without a little built-in publicity, Arx Pax officially unveiled the 2.0 version of its Hendo Hoverboard — and this is the one all those Kickstarter backers will actually get to ride.
The design is a bit wider than the original model and features four hover engines on each side for stability. The design is also more skateboard-inspired (apparently at Tony Hawk’s recommendation) and looks pretty darn cool. Key features include the skateboard-like deck to improve stability; an improved power system for charging and longer battery life; modified (and quieter!) engines for better traction; a wireless safety switch; stronger hover engine performance; and a sleeker profile.
“We’re thrilled to be associated with BTTF’s imaginative technologies, especially since ours is now a reality,” said Jill Henderson, co-founder and Chief Communication Officer at Arx Pax. “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. We’ve all heard of wearables; it’s time to start thinking about moveables.”
Though the Hendo looks extremely cool, we’ll note a few caveats here. The rig uses proprietary Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) tech, which means you can’t just take off and start flying down the sidewalk. These boards will only work on special surfaces designed to levitate them. But that might not be a huge problem, as Arx Pax says they’ve already received a good bit of interest from businesses wanting to build Hendo skateparks. So give it a few years, and there could be one near you.
Check out a few shots of the board in action below via Tech Crunch, and let us know what you think: