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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Is this the first real hoverboard?

For "Back to the Future" movie fans, you must be familiar with this device, Hoverboard. Of all startup that claims to have made the future things, this product that was recently disclosed really able to float in the air.

Arca, a Romanian manufacturer of hoverboard which now relocated to the US still took the opportunity to produce the hoverboard. As quoted of Gizmag on Monday, February 11, 2016, Arca is developing a hoverboard that actually can float in the air. ArcaBoard is said to actually hover and cruise up to a foot over any surface, be it concrete, sand or even water.
The ArcaBoard is said to be limited to speeds on par with running. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o53iCF)
The hoverboard was named 'ArcaBoard,' and use the power which is generated from the 36 high-power electric ducted fans creating up to 272 horsepower and 430 lbs (1,913 N) of thrust, and is powered by Li-Po  (lithium polymer) batteries. The company claimed success in producing hoverboard that can float in the air for 6 minutes.

Speaking of design, some people might imagine the hoverboard shape as it flown by Michael J Fox in the 'Back to the Future II' movie in the 1980s ago. However, ArcaBoard designed with a thick rectangular shape and flat on its surface.
A tear-down view of the ArcaBoard. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o53iCF)
This hoverboard is fairly heavy for measuring 145 x 76 x 15 cm (57 x 30 x 6 inches), with a weight of 82 kg (180 lbs), but is capable of carrying the passengers weighing up to 110 kilograms.
A tear-down view of the ArcaBoard. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o53iCF)
ArcaBoard touted as the lightest private vehicles and can move in any direction, including up and has limited top speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph). The ArcaBoard can reportedly be controlled with the rider's body or via a Bluetooth-connected iOS or Android app that activates a stabilization system and relays navigation commands via hand movements.

"I've always wanted to create a product that can be designed in bulk," says Arca's CEO, Dumitru Popescu in a promotional video.
"But this product is truly revolutionary that proves Arca not only is able to create extraordinary technology, but also the future engineering," he added.

ArcaBoard is currently priced at US $19,990 and delivery time in April 2016. With the additional cost of US $4,500, a buyer can get a unit of ArcaDock that could charging the battery in 35 minutes. Arca produces these products is limited. If sales are good enough, they are serious to commercialize the hoverboard. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARCA | GIZMAG]
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