“History has told us that some of the best and brightest people in the world had to defy the rules to give us the technology that we take for granted today.”
That’s from inventor, designer, and would-be hoverboard creator Robert Haleluk’s recent interview with Motherboard, where he talked at length about his desire to bring everyone’s second favorite piece of “Back to the Future” tech* into the real world.
Haleluk, who began a $1 million-targeting Indiegogo funding campaign at the end of June, hopes to build the first open-source hoverboard platform by the summer of 2015: right around the time that they were supposed to exist in the Robert Zemeckis film. The funds would be used to set up a knowledge base at Hoverboard.org as well as develop and prototype designs for an iOS-controlled hoverboard.
Here’s Haveluk’s description of the proposed piece of current science fiction:
The Hoverboard will be powered by omni-direction tubeaxial blowers, which is similar to the technology being used in the hover-bike above and throughout the aerospace industry. As a matter of fact, the company that we purchase them from is a defense contractor who manufactures parts for stealth submarines, torpedos and other military applications. The Hoverboard will be powered by an on-board rechargeable battery and it will be controlled from your iPhone or Android device.
In the Motherboard interview, the inventor talks a lot about taking inspiration not from existing hover-thing projects like the recent hover-bike concept, but instead from the world of defense contractor designs such as vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft.
The open source part comes in with the app, whose SDK Haltek Industries will release for free to any ambitious developers out there looking to design games for the prospective hoverboard**.
The response has been somewhat muted, though: as of this writing, the campaign has reached around $2700 since it launched on June 28. There’s still 21 days to go, though, so if you want to put your support behind the project (which offers a functional hoverboard at the $5,000 and $10,000 backer levels), then get in on it now.
*A time-traveling DeLorean, clearly.
**Or who might wish to turn it into a remote controlled dervish of death.