Sunday 17 December 2017

Arca Space releases first flying hoverboard - but it has a hefty price tag

Arca Space
Arca Space

Emma Clark

Arca Space is now taking pre-orders for a functioning hoverboard, which you can see in action in a released video. But it doesn't come cheap.

Private space company Arca is now taking pre-orders for the ArcaBoard, a working hoverboard that can actually lift people about a foot or so into the air. But it'll cost you $19,900 to get your hands on one so you may want to start saving.

The board generates a 430-pound thrust thanks to its grid of 36 high-powered electric ducted fans. It must be charged for six hours and provides around six minutes of hovering time for a person of "average weight and size." But if that charging time is offputting, and you happen to have some more money tucked away, you can pick up a separate charging unit that costs an additional $4,500.

"Ride across any terrain or water with the vehicle that was virtually impossible, until today", says the Arca Space description.

The hoverboard generates a significant amount of heat, as you might expect from a device that depends on such a complex system. But it comes equipped with a high performance cooling system.

The ArcaBoard is available to pre-order for $19,900 and orders will ship in April.

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