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In tech, 2015 will be remembered for personal computing and personal commuting. It was the year when luxury car maker Lexus showed up with a hoverboard. Yes hoverboard, the object used for personal transportation in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.
While it looked great in the movie, the first real hoverboard is almost here and it costs a whopping $19,900. A private space company called ArcaSpace has released a video showing off ‘ArcaBoard’, a rectangular board powered by fans that can levitate off the ground.
The ArcaBoard uses 36 electric ducted fans to lift a person weighing up to 110 kg. The ArcaBoard offers up to 272HP to the rider. The Long Endurance version of ArcaBoard has a lifting capacity of 80kg but can hover for 6 minutes.
The ArcaSpace has also built-in stabilisation system to keep the hoverboard stable all the time. The ArcaBoard can connect with Android or iOS device via Bluetooth. The smartphone app can be used to control the elevation and also the flight.
The ArcaBoard is surely exciting but its design looks immature considering Hendo Hoverboard’s mission of creating a really skateboard like hoverboard. “For the first time since the bicycle, automobile or airplane, the ArcaBoard is a revolutionary breakthrough for transportation. For the first time, every person will be able to fly anytime, anywhere,” reads the company website.
I have no doubt that personal transportation will be really big in 2016 but that $19,900 is too much of a cost to pay.