Even though most of the headlines involve them being banned in places or randomly catching fire, one of 2015’s biggest trends has been the proliferation of hoverboards. But any who’s seen Back to Future knows these ground bound wheeled devices aren’t true hoverboards. That’s where the ArcaBoard comes in; it actually delivers on the dream of cruising on nothing but air. Unfortunately, the ArcaBoard’s $20,000 price tag ($19,900 to be exact).
The price will keep it from hitting the same level of saturation as those other rideable devices. The ArcaBoard comes from the Arca Space engineering firm, and is the brainchild of Arca Space founder Dumitru Popescu. He created the ArcaBoard to fulfill the wishes of his COO’s son, who dreamed of a device that would allow him to float over the rough terrain of the Organ Mountains in Las Cruces, NM.
The ArcaBoard uses 36 electric fans positioned throughout the board, which the company claims can put out up to 430 pounds of lift. The board also comes with built-in stabilization software. The ArcaBoard is limited to a top speed of 12.5 miles an hour, due to safety concerns. A full ride lasts up to six minutes, and unlike other hover competitors from Lexus and Hendo, the ArcaBoard doesn’t require a special surface in order to stay afloat.
The ArcaBoard is also bulky and a little noisy, producing 92 decibels during operation. It weighs 180 pounds, so it’s not real easy to lug around. But as a precursor to what’s hopefully a flight-filled future, the ArcaBoard may be the most promising off all the hoverboards we’ve seen yet.
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