Ever since Back to the Future hit our screens, we have been fascinated by the idea of riding cool hoverboards. Scientists are getting closer and closer to making our dreams a reality, and prototypes have already been created. Here are some facts about how hoverboard technology has advanced over the last couple of decades.
5 Insights into How Hoverboards are Advancing
- Segways were the first modern attempt at creating something resembling a hoverboard. They were first seen in the year 2001, and were popular in the early-mid 2000s. However, they didn’t become the huge hit they were expected to be, and sales died out. The technology was great, but the machines weren’t really practical. They were commonly seen being used by security guards at shopping malls and theme parks.
- In 2013, two wheeled hoverboards became popular. They are similar to asegway, but without the handle, propelled solely by the user moving their bodyweight. They became increasingly popular over the next fewyears, and were a very popular Christmas gift in 2017. Some models have built in bluetooth speakers, allowing the user to play their favorite music as they ride around. On average, most models can reach around 10 mph as a top speed.
- By 2015, single wheeled hoverboards were available. There are two different forms of these – there’s the board with a single wheel in the middle, and there’s also one which is just a wheel, with a step on either side for the user to put their feet on.
- In 2016, Omni Hoverboards created a model, without wheels, which actually hovers. It gained the Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by one, at 905 feet. This early model was large and bulky – not quite like the kind is seen in sci-fi movies!
- Also in 2016, French company Zapata created a hoverboard which is powered by water. It can reach speeds of over 90 mph, and an incredible height of 10,000 ft. The jet-powered boards were first tested over water, for safety if they crashed. Those testing the boards had to have hundreds of hours of training and practice first, to ensure they would be safe when riding the boards.
As you can see, hoverboards have come a long way in the last couple of years. It seems as though we are getting closer and closer to being able to ride a real one – perhaps within the next decade. Whether or not they will take off and become a huge hit is hard to say, as with all new technology.