We all now about illigitmate kickstarter campaigns, so I wanted to see how legit (or not) that the Hendo Hoverboards Campaign was. It turns out the entire system is based on already existant technology and science, there’s nothing new here. The “inventor” just kind smashed a bunch of things together and said “hey give me money.” Its basically a quadcopter, but with a lot smaller of a useable enviroment. It cant go much higher than an inch or two off the ground, and that ground has to be made of copper, aluminum or some other non-ferrous, magnetically conductive material to be able to generate the eddy currents. Not to mention the absurd price tag the guy is asking for. Its a neat idea, it does work, but there is nothing new here.
Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142464853/hendo-hoverboards-worlds-first-real-hoverboard
HackADay Link: http://hackaday.com/2014/10/21/the-hoverboard-you-can-build-at-home/
Wiki Halbach Array Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halbach_array#Magnetization