Ever fancy yourself riding a very cool low-rider? I’m not referring to the gangsta style car, with customized hydraulics, but to a hovering machine which is able to lift it into the air. ArcaSpace puts hover in hoverboard, by actually managing to come up with a hoverboard which actually is capable of hovering.
ArcaSpace, a concept started in Romania and later moved to the United States, has announced the first working hoverboard prototype. ArcaDock is the name of the new hoverboard and in terms of flight and transportation is sure to surpass any competitors out there.
The hoverboard is powered by 6 ultra-tough fans that are capable of lifting the device off the ground. Moreover, the fans are so powerful that they can withstand weights up to 243 pounds. Unfortunately, in terms of flight autonomy, the device has a couple of limitations.
The fan powered hovering device has an autonomy of 6 minutes, depending on the user’s weight. When it comes to weight control, the hoverboard comes equipped with two flight modes.
So, if a user weights 176 pounds or less, they can have the device switch to long endurance modes. Through this option, the hovering device is capable of keeping the user in the air for up to six minutes. Now, if the user weighs, let’s say, 243 pounds of less than that, the device could then be switched into the “enhanced thrust mode”. In this mode, the ArcaDock will be capable of keeping its user in the air for 3 minutes.
The ArcaDock is a pretty fast ride, considered that it has a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour. And it should, taking into account the fact that the whole shebang weighs around 180 lbs and the high-power fans occupy approximately 90 percent of space. To top it off, the ArcaDock is fabricated from composite materials.
Now, let’s talk turkey. In order to get one of these bad boys, you will have to cough up approximately 20000 dollars for the standard model. But wait, there’s more. Most of the standard hoverboard come equipped with the standard charger.
After the six-minute flight, the hoverboard will have to be plugged in for a six-hour charging cycle. If you think that this is too much, then you can buy an additional accessory which reduces the charging cycle from 6 hours to 35 minutes. This accessory costs approximately 4500 dollars.
Still, we have some good news. The device is now available for pre-ordering directly from ArcaSpace’s site. And the device will hit the market on the 15th of April 2016.