ArcaBoard has been hailed as the real hoverboard, given the fact that it can actually transport its user above ground surface for as much as 6 minutes, without employing any wheels.
However, this title hasn’t been embraced by the creators of this vehicle, who probably prefer to avoid the association with the popular Christmas gifts, which have turned out to be so hazardous in recent months.
ArcaBoard was invented by Dumitru Popescu, alongside his co-workers at Arca Space Corporation, an aerospace company headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
ARCA (the Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics Association) was founded by Popescu back in 1999, beginning as an NGO in Romania, and afterwards moving its operations in the United States.
While the focus has always been on developing space rockets, stratospheric balloons and other types of aerial vehicles meant to facilitate space missions (such as the AirStrato drone), now it appears that inventors have stepped out of their comfort zone, by creating an actual hoverboard.
When PR manager Elena Simona Popescu tested the device as ArcaBoard’s very first pilot, she felt slightly apprehensive, but eventually she and the entire project crew were blown away, as the vehicle proved capable of easily floating at around a foot above the ground.
As explained by Chris Lang, chief operating officer at Arca Space Corporation, the aesthetics of the board have been conceived while always taking into account the future user’s needs and requirements.
The rectangular shape, eerily similar to that of a mattress or of a Lego building block, was selected because it has a familiar, yet instantly recognizable appearance.
The hovering machine is just a little larger than a skateboard, being extremely compact and light, and it can easily be steered just by a mere tilt in the desired direction, reaching speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour.
ArcaBoard is powered by 36 fans, set in motion by small, yet incredibly powerful electric motors, producing 45,000 rotations in just one minute, and its 272 horsepower actually surpasses that of most ordinary cars.
The battery of the lighter version, designed for those under 176 pounds, lasts for around 6 minutes, while the board for riders weighing up to 242 pounds can be used for 3 minutes before needing to be connected to a power supply for approximately 35 minutes.
While the battery is made of lithium ion, it poses no fire hazard since this particular type of polymer is so high-tech that it’s even incorporated in suborbital spaceships.
While all these technical specs are indeed impressive, the most important aspect is that the gadget can actually remain suspended in the air, offering its user complete freedom of movement.
Just by stepping on the ArcaBoard, it is possible to fly above ground, water, ice, sand or snow, crossing territories that have been virtually inaccessible until now.
This product may appear futuristic and inaccessible, given that it costs $19,900 at the moment, with just around 1,000 vehicles being produced initially, and pre-orders scheduled to be shipped starting from April 15, 2016.
However, is hoped that eventually ArcaBoard will become a mainstream item, widely available to the masses, at a much more convenient price.
According to its creators, this is indeed a revolutionary invention, which might change the face of transportation, by providing a new means of locomotion, capable of turning the user’s wildest wanderlust dreams into reality.
Image Source: Arca Space