Mr Hoverboard: A Hoverboard for Everyone

$840 raised

of $4,200 goal

Funding Unsuccessful

Nov 03 2015

ended

20%

funded

2

pledges

Details

Finally a real hoverboard! No wheels, no magnets, just fun!

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Geek

"It’s 2015, and you still don’t have a pair of self-lacing Air Mags or a Mr. Fusion, but at least you can go for a ride on your very own hoverboard for a reasonably small amount of cash."

Huffington Post UK

“Mr Hoverboard could potentially be the gadget we’ve all been waiting for… it’s the creation of Ryan Craven and takes a plank of wood, four leafblowers and combines them into one real-life hoverboard.”

Engadget DE

"Passend zum nahenden Back to the Future Day am 21. Oktober hat Craven nun eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne gestartet"

Wired

"Es ist 2015, und ihr seid immer noch mit einem normalen Skateboard unterwegs? Selbst schuld!"

Digital Trends Logo

Digital Trends

"It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than the Hendo Hoverboard, Lexus Slide, and even that one-wheeled “hoverboard”"

CNET

"How bad do you want a hoverboard?"

IFLScience

"The fact that we do have the technology to invent working hoverboards means that we are one step closer to the high-tech future we all dream about."

ScienceAlert

“This is actually the most practical and accessible hoverboard project we’ve seen yet.”

Times of News

"No, you don’t need a copper-lined laboratory or a custom-built skatepark (Lexus we’re looking at you), all you need is a local hardware store and a flat surface that you don’t mind falling onto quite a lot."

Gentside Découverte

"2015, l’annee de l’hoverboard."

The Manual

"You can finally preorder this ridiculous leaf-blower-powered hoverboard"

DCFever

"在美國有人就在家裡,自製懸浮滑板自娛,不單止成功能夠在網上集資推出量產版,而且作價只是USD$420!"

What is Mr Hoverboard?

Mr Hoverboard is the latest and greatest in anti gravitational toys. Using common hovercraft technology and modern day ingenuity, riders are able to glide frictionlessly over smooth surfaces such as concrete, wood, and flooring. Mr Hoverboard is designed and manufactured in the USA out of baltic birch plywood, PVC, and belief. Just add leaf blowers and you’re ready to ride!

Why Make Mr Hoverboard?

The purpose of this campaign is to finally offer consumers an affordable means of experiencing a ride on a hoverboard. Though other projects have captivated internet audiences, there haven’t been any offerings that allow users to hoverboard in everyday environments. To celebrate 2015, I’m making Mr Hoverboard available to the public. The manufacturing plan is complete, and the first 50 will be ready to ship by the end of November. I’m hoping this campaign can be a successful starting off point from which to further grow and refine Mr Hoverboard. This is your chance to be a part of the beginning.

How Mr Hoverboard Compares

Mr Hoverboard Hendo Hover Lexus Slide
Price $420 (not including blowers) $10,000 Unavailable
Surfaces Most Hard Surfaces Copper Magnetic Track
Powered By Battery Powered Air Movement Conductors/Electromagnets Superconductors/Liquid Nitrogen

What Comes in the Box?

Mr Hoverboard comes in one box with seven separate pieces including the board, two hover discs, and four blower mounts. These pieces are attached using simple screws and a hex key included in the package. Ready to be assembled in about 15 minutes. Black & Decker LSW20 battery powered blowers are not included, but can be purchased separately from B&D, Amazon and major hardware stores.

How does it work?

The blowers redirect air through a special PVC skirt attached to the underside by E6100 adhesive. When the air escapes out of the skirt pattern, it allows the board to hover over the ground. Simply push off with your rear foot to gather speed, then lift your foot onto the board. The board will move in the direction of the momentum you apply to it.

Care/Safety:

  • Mr Hoverboard can accommodate riders up to 160 lbs. Exceeding this weight limit may cause the skirt to rip or blow out suddenly.
  • Unsmooth, unlevel surfaces where air has a chance to escape unevenly may cause board to bottom out.
  • Though reminiscent of a skateboard, Mr Hoverboard is a completely unique ride that requires a completely different kind of balance.
  • Please exercise caution and wear proper safety gear.

The Beginning of Mr Hoverboard

It has been a long journey from simple prototype to a refined scalable product. There have been many improvements along the way, from better blower mounts to a tougher skirt that eliminates the awful howling noises of the original. This project still has a lot of challenges ahead, but for now I’m proud to offer the opportunity to own a piece of the future. I’m excited to see how you’ll ride your Mr Hoverboard!

No more Farty McFly

Check out the original prototype:

Special Thanks

Fabrication by Superfab
Drone footage courtesy of The Delivery Men
Videography by John Valley

Additional Support:
Austin Hardware Meetup
Foundry
Joe Carr
Darrell Rossman

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Credits

Mr Hoverboard

Mr. Hoverboard is the brainchild of Ryan Craven, a maker, musician, and entrepreneur currently residing in Austin, TX.


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