"This real hoverboard can go up to 10,000 ft, unlike those exploding ones," says dailytimes.com. Remember watching the awesome 1989 Back to the Future II film and saw the cool flying hoverboards? Yeah, and remember how Martin McFly rode his cool pink hoverboard roaming the streets in the film? Well, it seemed like since then, almost everyone wanted and craved the idea of the hoverboard. There has been some pretty decent but STILL dangerous models of what they call the "hoverboard," but it is practically a piece of plastic being held up with two unbalanced wheels that can cause and HAVE indeed caused several injuries, accidents, and even some fatal deaths. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention, they turn on fire and into HUGE flames that can burn your house down! I mean, that's all! Who needs that when you can pretty soon have the REAL hoverboard in your own hands?
Well recently, Zapata Racing, a designing flyboard company, has made what is close to being called, the real "hoverboard." Basically, Zapata Racing is a company that focuses on designing and creating flyboards, which are hydro-powered jetpacks/hoverboard. They use their flyboard designs and creations to use in a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) competition. In particular, one of the latest and most recent designs is their hoverboard, that in this case, is not hydro-powered like their usual projects. Instead, just like how theverge.com had stated in their article, "Yes, Zapata has apparently created a hoverboard with enough power to work on water."
This flyboard/hoverboard also named as The Flyboard Air, and was designed by Franky Zapata (founder of Zapata Racing, inventor of the flyboard, and professional jetski racer). The Flyboard Air can fly up to 10,000 ft high in 10 minutes. It has a top speed of 93 miles per hour, which is 150 kilometers per hour, according to theverge.com. Articles show no exact name of engine used for the The Flyboard Air, but what we do know for SURE is that it seemed like the engine used belonged to possibly a jet, or a car? It seems like the engine is so powerful that it can be able to lift up a person.
But how can air, a mixture of gases, (78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen) be able to 'lift' a person up? It seems like we need to take a closer look into how a hoverboard works, and some principals of how air functions. Basically, a hoverboard simply works with air, thrust is the pushing force against a surface. Also, we need to take a closer look at Issac Newton's 3rd Law which according to sparknotes.com, they state, "Newton's third law proclaims: 'to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."' This meaning that for example in the case of the hoverboard, the hoverboard works with air pressure, so the air is pushing against the ground, to cause elevation.
So, it seems like with the basic principals of air, and how a hoverboard would work, we could take a closer look into how the Flyboard Air works with these functions. So, in a video featured by Zapata Racing themselves, the hoverboard is absolutely powered by the force of air that is pushing against not a flat surface, but over a water source.
Since there are a lot of people who crave the idea of the flying REAL hoverboard, to show you HOW MUCH people want it, Zapata Racing has been selling several of their Flyboard Airs for more than $3,499.99 as you can see above on eBay. Only someone with lots of money who would pretty much die to get their hands on this Flyboard Air for themselves. (Oh yeah, I almost forgot, plus shipping and handling is +$13.95 more.)
In conclusion, what we may consider the "hoverboard" may change throughout the future times. Back then, people used to look at the hoverboard as something that wouldn't become a reality. Now, in the 21st century, there are more and more companies like Zapata Racing, that are trying to make what used to be called "science-fiction" now a reality. I mean before, in such instances like in the movie Back to the Future II, the year 2015 would be seen as all futuristic and filled with lots of advanced technology. No, things can't happen in a quick matter of time, but what can happen are the movements that more companies are trying to make a possibility. Who knows, what if the word "hoverboard" will be seen in a different perspective in a couple of years into the future?
1)First image (man standing on hoverboard) courtesy of cnet.com. 2)Female on hydro-powered jetpack image courtesy of wikinewforum.com. 3)Kobe Bryant jumping image courtesy of 4hdwallpapers.com. 4)Flyboard Air image sale on eBay courtesy of eBay.com. 5)Black hoverboard with wheels image courtesy of qz.com.