Omni Hoverboard – Alexandru Duru has invented a hoverboard that actually flies
A Canadian inventor, Alexandru Duru has invented a hoverboard that can actually fly – The Omni Hoverboard. With this new invention, Alexandru Duru sets a new Guinness World Record for longest journey on a hoverboard, hovering 5m over water for 276m.
To break an existing world record, Alexandru Duru had to travel using his hoverboard more than 5 meters but he smashed the record by traveling five times the required distance, an amazing 276 meters or 905 feet while flying more than 5 meters or 16 feet before the hoverboard ran out of batteries.
“I wanted to showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet,” said Alexandru Duru, after travelling five times the distance needed to set the Guinness World Record.
The Omni Hoverboard features eight propellers and a frame made from carbon fiber. The motors controlling the propellers are powered by 12 lithium polymer batteries, which generate around 40 horsepower, but sadly, this currently generates a combined flying time of only 1.5 minutes.
Just like a helicopter, you can easily move the Hoverboard both up and down as well as side to side. Acceleration is achieved by squeezing a joystick made from a pair of pliers.
Alexandru Duru invited the CBC into his workshop and to a family gathering by a lake to see the innovations he and the company – Omni Hoverboards – are making on this new, secret project. The Omni Hoverboard is expected to be released in 2017.