Take a look:
Well, yes, it seems it is indeed for real. No hoax hoverboard involved. Previously, ‘tethered’ flight was possible, but for the “Flyboard Air” independent jet-packs came into play…
The Verge caught up with the hoverboards creator to get some more details and learn about future plans. They ask, for example, What happens if you do wind up in the water?
The company’s CEO, Franky Zapata, replies:
Nothing really serious, there’s no danger for me, because I fell in the water honestly three days ago. [Laughs] Three days ago I crashed in the water because we tried to — you know we’re going to do the hoverboard farthest trip. The last one was 275 meters, and we will break it by 10 times longer. We will do about 2 miles. We will cross 2 miles with the Flyboard Air at about 60 to 80 kilometers per hour.
And we were training for that, and the last time trained we trained with 80 kilometer per hour wind. And we didn’t realize that when we have wind we go through more battery for the stabilization system. So just five seconds before I landed on the platform, I go out of battery. And the machine starts to turn like a torpedo, like if you lost the small rotor on a helicopter. I started to turn like, and I had no choice but to kill the engine just before I landed in the water. I broke all the electronics on the board, so it will cost me money, but the rest of it is fine.
It’s not new, note – it’s from a year ago now – but still makes impressive viewing.
You can also see one of the test flights below (any excuse for a bit of AC/DC!)
Thanks to Steve R for highlighting this one. Back to daydreaming about the future…
Image: Zapata Racing