The Hendo Hoverboard made waves in the tech world last year for being what the company claimed was the world's first real working hoverboard.
Arx Pax, the company behind the Hendo Hoverboard, has also announced that its technology could be used by the likes of SpaceX for the Hyperloop, and by NASA for launching microsatellites.
Of course, the original Hendo Hoverboard wasn't really intended to be a commercial product, and Arx Pax will be the first to admit that. It was, however, a proof of concept for the company's unique magnetic field architecture, or MFA.
That proof of concept ended up making the company more than $500,000 during its Kickstarter campaign, a pretty hefty sum. The new hoverboard will be Hendo's chance to make good on its Kickstarter campaign and deliver hoverboards to backers of the campaign.
Arx Pax has some other pretty exciting real-world results to boast about as well. SpaceX will be allowing teams to use the MFA technology in its Hyperloop competition, and NASA even wants to use the technology to move microsatellites around in space, working on a scale of centimeters to move and control CubeSats.
The new Hendo Hoverboard has a number of great new features. These include an improved battery life, USB connectivity, and a stronger performance with better traction and better control. The new hoverboard also features a new design, looking a lot less like a big slab of plastic and more like a skateboard. This not only makes it look better, but it also makes it more practical and easier to maneuver.
Of course, it's important to mention that the hoverboard still cannot be used anywhere the user wants. Instead, it uses magnets to hover above a special metallic surface. A number of businesses hope to start using Arx Pax's technology, however, and these businesses will not only be getting the MFA technology, but also the copper platform that will allow the technology to work. It's possible that in the near future we could start seeing sections of skate parks designed specifically for Hendo Hoverboard's.
Via: The Verge