We haven’t got the hoverboard as “Back to the Future” predicted, but this could be the next best thing.
Its great to see all those out-there product designers getting the financial support from the greater community through websites such as Kickstarter, in order to make their ideas a reality. One such idea that we have been following is the “Hoverbike”. The original concept was based upon a simple bi-copter design consisting of a seat positioned between two horizontally mounted propellers that spin in opposite direction to give lift and balance. The prototype that they produced was nothing short of stunning. With carbon fibre, Kevlar and aluminum construction, web like propeller covers and varnished timber props, it resembles something that you could picture being parked in the bat cave. It was built by Chris Malloy of New Zealand and quickly went from a hobby to a serious business.
The concept was originally produced as an alternative to conventional helicopters for use in cattle mustering or survey applications, but I would expect that the thrill seekers would snap this up for less constructive reasons.
The second prototype is far more reserved and sensible (dare I say apple-esque). It consists of a quad-copter design with overlapping rotor blades to increase practicality and reduce the physical size of the craft.
You can visit the website to financially support the production, learn more about the project and watch the test flights. I think when it comes time to create a market ready design of version 2, they need to look to their original styling and bring back the black.
If you want to learn more, you can check out their website.