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The company behind the Hendo hoverboard hopes to use its tech for the Hyperloop

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You might remember Arx Pax’s Hendo Hover with its succesful Kickstarter campaign and marketing with Tony Hawk last year. No matter how cool it looked at first glance and how much coverage it attracted, the Hendo doesn’t have much of a future as a hoverboard due to the need for a conductive surface.

It needs to operate in a controlled environment, much like the hyperloop. The hyperloop’s tube or track is basically a low-pressure controlled environment to make things travels at high-speed with less resistance. It makes the hyperloop and the Hendo technology a good match, or at least Arx Pax thinks so since it is trying to become a supplier for the companies trying to make the hyperloop a reality. Expand

Forget about Hendo and Lexus, there’s a real hoverboard coming

hoverboardHoverboards experienced a resurgence over the last year after Hendo and Lexus demonstrated their projects in the field, but their boards can only hover on top of metal surfaces, which limits applications. Omni Hoverboards is working on a much more versatile product. The start-up already holds the world record for the longest hoverboard flight with its Mark-1 prototype and it is already working on a second generation board.

Omni doesn’t use a fancy magnetic field technology, but instead technologies already commercialized in the growing quad-copter industry. Expand