Items tagged with Hoverboard

There's no commandment that reads, 'Thou shalt not ride a hoverboard in church' but apparently it's something that's frowned upon by the Diocese of San Pablo. A Catholic priest in the Philippines found that out after being suspended for rolling back and forth between pews while singing "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You." A cell phone captured his fun spirited stunt on video, which later went viral. In the video, you see the priest riding one of the hottest toys (literally hot, in some cases) this holiday season much to the delight of the crowd in attendance. For a couple of minutes he was a bit of a rock star, but simply put, his superiors deemed his actions "wrong." "The Eucharist demands... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future series, the past few months have been incredibly exciting. We’ve seen Lexus unveil its take on the “hoverboard” with a maglev-based creation, and just this week a company has jumpstarted a Kickstarter campaign to bring a self-drying jacket to market. Today, we’re learning of yet another company that is looking to reveal its spin on the hoverboard concept. Unfortunately, like some of the other hoverboards that we’ve seen in the past, this one looks more like vaporware than something that we actually believe will end up finding a market in the consumer space. The Arca Space Corporation ArcaBoard makes use 36 ducted electric fans that work in tandem to provide... Read more...
Two-wheeled hoverboards have been making headlines this holiday shopping season, though not all the attention they're receiving has been positive. Instead, there have several reports of hoverboards overheating and catching fire, and it's because of those reports that Amazon has quietly decided to remove all traces of Swagway's models from its online store. According to Swagway, Amazon sent a notice to all hoverboard sellers to "provide documentation demonstrating that all hoverboards you list are compliant with applicable safety standards, including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger)." "Swagway already meets all those certifications and is happy that Amazon has decided... Read more...
It might have once sounded like a pipe dream, but more than one company is trying to convince us that hoverboards are going to be a thing of the future. Last year, a company called Hendo hit the Web in a big way with a prototype that looks just as cool as we'd hope. This past August, a few months in advance of "Back to the Future Day", Lexus showed off its own prototype, one that arguably looks quite a bit better than Hendo's. It's important to note that neither of the boards we've seen up to this point are consistent with the kind of hoverboard we saw in Back to the Future 2, where they could be used on any surface - water or pavement proves no problem. Instead, magnetic fields are required,... Read more...
Lexus first gave us a glimpse at its hoverboard prototype back in June and it definitely piqued our interests. For those of us that grew up watching 80’s flicks like Back to the Future Part II, the Lexus hoverboard was a dream come true — not to mention that it came from an unlikely source: a Japanese luxury car maker. Just when the initial hype of the hoverboard was starting to die down, Lexus is back in the headlines today with the release of two new videos that showcase the superconducting hoverboard. Lexus worked together with top scientists from IFW Dresden and Evico GmbH to create the hoverboard, which has internal semiconductors that are cooled by liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen brings... Read more...
Tony Hawk is probably the most famous skateboarder of all time while Shaun White is the face of snowboarding, but who will represent the hoverboard? Marty McFly is the obvious candidate, except he's a fictional character. Oh, and there's also the problem of availability -- you can't just buy a hoverboard on a whim, though that may soon change. Remember the Lexus Hoverboard that made headlines a month ago? Lexus wasn't willing to reveal too many details about its creation, though it did drop a teaser video that showed the thing hovering about an inch above the ground with steam coming out of its sides. Science fiction? Not quite, and in a new video posted to YouTube, Lexus pegs August 5 as the... Read more...
Lexus is playing into the hearts and minds of every thirty-something who remembers watching Marty McFly make a fool out of Biff Tannen on his hoverboard in the second Back to the Future flick. Released in 1989, it was the second of three Back to the Future movies, and for the past 26 years, we've been waiting for the real thing. Has Lexus finally done it? We've seen hoverboard projects before, like the Hendo Hoverboard that raised over half a million dollars on Kickstarter. Existing solutions use powerful magnets and scientific workarounds to keep users slightly above ground, but the heavier the object that's levitating, the stronger and and colder those magnets need to be. Lexus isn't talking... Read more...
Holy mackerel, it happened! Somebody actually went and built an honest-to-goodness hoverboard, finally bringing to reality the fantasy we've all shared since seeing Marty McFly escape from Biff and his cronies using a hoverboard in Back to the Future II! We know what you're thinking -- 'Yeah, right, this isn't the first hoverboard hoax' -- but you have to check this out. The company is called Hendo Hover and you'll currently find the faces behind the team over at Kickstarter. They're trying to raise $250,000 for the project, but that money won't go towards a prototype -- such a thing already exists. At present, the Hendo Hoverboard is capable of hovering about an inch off of the ground, special... Read more...