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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Water hoverboard maybe?
Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 9:52:27 AM
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@Rcurl: Actually, I'm having a bit of trouble believing that it's possible for anyone to ride one of these.  Think it's real?

I think it is -- I remember seeing the first version -- this new one seems much more "sprightly" -- I bet it's not anywhere as easy as it looks though :-)

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Re: Can't wait to see it!!
David Ashton   6/28/2014 7:49:08 PM
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@Max....the guy in your video could only hover and be "pushed around" by his friends (the term "Friends" is used somewhat loosely in this context).   But maybe it's like learning to ride a bicycle, or surfing, and just takes practice.

But please take lots of videos for our edification (and amusement :-)

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Water hoverboard maybe?
Rcurl   6/28/2014 1:00:05 PM
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When I spotted this post I immediately flashed back to this amazing video that was posted last week:  http://www.electronicproducts.com/Videos/The_surfboard_Hoverboard_you_ve_only_dreamed_about_is_real.aspx#.U67xLfldVtM

Max- I can just see you riding one of these!!

Actually, I'm having a bit of trouble believing that it's possible for anyone to ride one of these.  Think it's real?

Also- here's an interesting clip of a jet-powered hoverboard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGPx4QNR2i4

I like seeing the evolution of their concept as the video progresses.

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A segway approch
csquared0   6/27/2014 11:26:44 AM
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Perhaps a hover board should be crossed with a Segway;...)

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Re: This idea is going places...
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 12:39:25 PM
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@Tom-ii: I saw some yahoo just down the street from my house...

He always says nice things about you :-)

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Re: This idea is going places...
tom-ii   6/24/2014 12:36:59 PM
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Dunno, but I will mention that I saw some yahoo just down the street from my house using a leaf blower to dry his car the other day...

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Re: This idea is going places...
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 11:18:13 AM
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@Tom-ii: They generally used an aft-pointng fan with rudders (much like an air boat).  There was a "scoop" at the lower portion of the fan which channelled air under the body to fill the skirts.  Thus, a single motor/fan ran the whole kit.

Hmmm -- this sort of gives me an idea. Suppose you had a reallyt powerful leaf-blower, so lots of "umph".

Now suppose you had two small flaps mounted on the back of the board -- spring-loaded to keep them closed -- each with a string that you could use to pull them open -- and if you did pull them open they acted like small jets pushing you forward...

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Re: This idea is going places...
tom-ii   6/24/2014 11:16:52 AM
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That makes it all the more fun...

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Re: This idea is going places...
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 11:15:27 AM
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@Tom-ii: I'm (only) guessing, but I think you could steer the board to some extent and cause it to move by managing where you put your center of gravity.

I'm thinking that might work, but it wouldn't be very precise...

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This idea is going places...
tom-ii   6/24/2014 10:51:00 AM
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Sorry for the pun...  Well, no I'm not.


I'm (only) guessing, but I think you could steer the board to some extent and cause it to move by managing where you put your center of gravity.

 

That is, if you lean forward (for instance), the skirt to the rear will lift a bit, allowing air to escape in that direction - thus pushing you forward...

 

Or, as others have intoned, add another leaf blower.

 

At my college, there was a regular hovercar racing thing they did with hovercars built there on campus.  They generally used an aft-pointng fan with rudders (much like an air boat).  There was a "scoop" at the lower portion of the fan which channelled air under the body to fill the skirts.  Thus, a single motor/fan ran the whole kit.

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