Can We Make a Battery
Powered Hoverboard to Out Perform the Modern Tricked Out Skateboard?
The search to build the very first hoverboard that may operate much like the one in the Hollywood Movie - "Back to the Future" is an on-going dream of several technology buffs. The race is on to develop the style and technology to generate a true to life version. Recently, at the Online Think Tank, a young up and coming superstar, Christopher Freeman (16) from Indiana ponders the question:sports action digital camera
What about a Battery Powered Hoverboard?
Well, we all know that batteries weigh a whole lot, but employing a "hovercraft" type strategy, the weight is not a major problem, so long as you can trap the air and keep it. Hovering on a flat surface helps, but you cannot do many tricks or you lose your air underneath. There could be a method to solve that problem by having an expandable skirt and some ground affect soft landings.
Perhaps, you could use a battery system, the lighter the better. But, also recognize that the electric motor scooters are some 400 lbs and only able to complete what an 80cc motor can do. Now then, it doesn't take very much energy to blow 2 Lbs of low pressure beneath the hoverboard, so you don't need lots of power.
If you are using the ram air from the forward momentum to help, then you need less power and have more hovering ability as you go faster, enabling you to go slightly higher. The big issue is once you allow air escape it is like a giant waste gate and the hoverboard will land.
There were hover-cars built that can go in the future at 60 mph, an old NASA rocket scientist built one once and he use to drive it around the Valley, a Los Angeles suburb in the 1960s. Basically his hover-car, appeared to be a little flying saucer, had little friction on the ground as they don't touch the ground, but his had wheels underneath for steering and stopping.
Remember on a skateboard we want to catch air, but if you're merely buying a skateboard to work like a hovercraft, sure we can build one and use some extra tricks to make it perform, but, can it be fun to ride, is it possible to do tricks? But I do believe Christopher is onto something here, why not build a battery powered hoverboard, I would like one too.