Hoverboards experienced a resurgence over the last year after Hendo and Lexus demonstrated their projects in the field, but their boards can only hover on top of metal surfaces, which limits applications. Omni Hoverboards is working on a much more versatile product. The start-up already holds the world record for the longest hoverboard flight with its Mark-1 prototype and it is already working on a second generation board.
Omni doesn’t use a fancy magnetic field technology, but instead technologies already commercialized in the growing quad-copter industry. The Mark-1 prototype can only stay in the air for 1-1/2 minutes, which was enough to break the distance record of 275 m (905 ft), but the system will improve alongside battery technology. Omni is focusing on efficiency and flight stabilization technologies to be ready when batteries become powerful enough for a commercial product.
A significant drawback of using quad-copter technology over magnetic fields is the noise. Omni’s system is very loud.
The start-up is not ready to unveil its second generation prototype, but CBC got a sneak peek and reported on a new Mark-1 test flight worth watching.
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