Design Considerations for the Hoverboard of the Future
Trying to design the hoverboard of the future is not very easy, and surely nothing good in life is, or is it? Think about what is needed for a second. For a teenager to ditch his skateboard and go for a new hoverboard that is high-tech, well it must very spectacular and have an awesome performance. If you will consider the challenges the engineer and designers will have to overcome;
- Air Resistance
- Speed Needed to Excite Rider.
- Hard Ground
With a full acknowledgment of air-resistance, we can thrill the rider at a speed that is less than 35miles per hour. Currently, skateboards are not ridden much faster than that anyway, when they are, it is either it is being towed behind a car, hurtling as it falls back on Earth off a major skateboard park ramp, or even going downhill. Thus you have overcome the number one item. Gravity can be taken by proper use of aerodynamics, airflows, low pressure, ground cushion, and possibly air-ionization thickening strategies.
To overcome these challenges, we will just rely on the capacity of the rider to control the hoverboard, once we have a good physics in place. Indeed this will require experience and skill and some additional contemplations of the physics of lift and board aerodynamics, and refraction of the relative wind in numerous positions during transitional flight.
So now, how much performance is required? Well, we get to discover from high-speed motorcycle racing that irrespective of how much power a human being is given, they always desire more power! However, we have weight limitations, which are not of serious worry for the hover technologies in the ground but get very serious as one begins to get away from the ground. Blowing 1-2 Lbs. of pressure under a hovercraft will also lift an unbelievable amount of weight.
Then it appears that the hoverboard is a potential technological threat to the skateboard and we may also find that within less than a decade it completely replaces it.