Tony Hawk helped design Hendo’s new 2.0 version of the hover board

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Jan 17, 2018, 12:16 PM EST (Updated)

We’re already geeked out by Arx Pax’s original Hendo hoverboard, and now the company is getting ready to unveil the 2.0 version. Even better? They have an A-lister helping provide some pointers.

The company, which aims to produce and sell hover boards that require conductive tech called “magnetic field architecture” (MFA) to hover, is developing a new model that will be delivered to all the top-level backers ($10,000) who helped fund the company’s Kickstarter campaign back in 2014.  The new board promises to be quieter, sleeker and way cooler-looking.

They also say they’re using some of the feedback received from pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, who rode the original Hendo in a well-publicized move. The company has released some production photos and concept art (which you see above and below) and plan to officially unveil the new Hendo 2.0 on Oct. 21. For fans of Back to the Future II, that date should sound familiar. Well played.

Interestingly enough, the company notes that many of the backers at the $10,000 level are actually businesses — with some planning to build hover-board skate parks. Which, honestly, bodes well for the Hendo in the long term. As cool as it is, the board still requires a special copper platform to actually hover (meaning you can’t just take off down the sidewalk). So, to reach any mass appeal down the line, they’ll need parks around for people to actually go ‘boarding.

What do you think? Is this the next great extreme sport?


(Via Gizmodo, The Verge)