Real-life Back to the Future 2 hoverboard

French artist Nils Guadagnin has built his very own hoverboard based on the hoverboards in Back to the Future II. It's pink, it's a board, and it actually does hover when placed on its platform.
Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board. A laser system stabilises the object in the air.
The board is hovering with the help of two CLM-1+ levitation modules made by Crealev.

Hoverboard Project

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Kiteman7 years ago
I wonder how much weight it can carry and still hover?

 Doesn't look like it'd support much.
Just under 5lbs would be my guess!
fungus amungus (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
The levitation modules have a max of 1kg each so 2kg.
fungus amungus (author)  fungus amungus7 years ago
The company also makes modules that support up to 10 kg.
scottidott7 years ago
What if you switched out the hover devices that he use, with propellors and use that as a lifting power instead of magnets.
It will work 2 small helicopter propellors driven by a ultra light engine.
Would that work???

I am working on a miniature model and hope it will fly :)
the propellors would in theory help the board float, but the propellors are not strong enough to hold a kid let alone an average person but great idea.
for this to be actauly rideable there would need to be some sort of downwards proulsion system that would be able to act as a stopping mechanism itself, or some other way to stop at high speeds, also superconductors would be better if its possible for them to use the planets magnetic fields to hover in, but room temperature super conducters are still a while away and i dont think the field lines will be close enough :/
i designed one that im having kiteman see if the physics behind it would be realistic and correct
It is not possible to use the terrestrial magnetic field to hover.  That field is only 1 gauss (10-4 T), and in most populated areas is more or less horizontal, not vertical (work out the geometry yourself).
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