By: John, Ethan and Jackson
The first thing we did was look at three different ideas to see which would work best for a hoverboard. What we found was this:
Fans, we found, would not work well for hoverboards as they would require advanced cooling systems and advanced motors. This would make the hoverboard hard to move and sluggish when flying as well as a energy monster.
Superconductors work well for hovering and are friction resistance, they only have to worry about air resistance. However we found that it was improbable to use them for light craft and that they work better on a set path with an aerodynamic design, such as a bullet train.
Magnetics would work the best. We found that magnets have a lot of force when are facing north to north or south to south. They could lift almost anyone.
Even though magnets work well, electromagnets work the best. Electromagnets are magnets made by running a current through a coil of wire. These magnets would require lots of energy but can deviate and vary more than any other types. These magnets can lift more than neodymium and would be rechargeable, using clean energy. A solar charging function wouldn't not be hard to add. The batteries would include an array that are small flat and can hold as much energy as a small car battery, or an even more advanced battery that can store as much as a small city. Either would work but they would require modification.
Electromagnetic hoverboards would work great. However they would require a metal grid which they would use to resist and push against. The grid may need to be an electromagnet as well. The cover for the hoverboard would be carbon fiber. It would make the hoverboard light, yet resistant to some forms of damage. The insides would be comprised of multiple electromagnets that control the boards movement like turning and forwards and slowing down. The batteries would be in between the electromagnets and would power them. The more power put into the magnets the higher the hoverboard will go. These will be controlled by the use's leaning into turns and in the direction they want to go (backwards for stopping). The height controls will be either a pare of buttons in the back of the hoverboard, located on the floor, or a bracelet for voice commands.