Last Updated: 28 March, 2017
Two decades ago, the idea of having a personal vehicle hovering in mid-air was nothing but pure science fiction.
Some few years ago, however, the world was taken by storm by something that was considered closest to such air-hovering vehicle — the so-called ‘hoverboards’, but that which turned out to be nothing of the hovering kind.
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Instead, these ‘hoverboards’ were much like mere boards with tires, resembling a horizontal version of a conventional skateboard — though this time, these boards were powered by the now-ubiquitous rechargeable batteries.
Sadly, these hoverboards did not last very long.
Reports of the ‘personal vehicle’ being a fire hazard, along with claims of the hoverboard having a tendency to explode on its own, has quickly discouraged many parents from buying their children — who appears to have been the audience most fascinated by the thing — these futuristic electronic skateboards.
Such reports also led to bans by numerous airports and airlines all across the globe, which eventually killed the hoverboard hysteria among children and adults alike.
Nowadays, hoverboards seem to be a thing of the past.
What we now have, is an air hovercraft.
Unlike the ancient hoverboards, an air hovercraft CAN really hover: over air, land, asphalt, concretes, grass, as well as shallow wet surfaces.
What it can not do, however, is hover over loosely integrated surfaces such as dirt-filled areas, sand, stones, and water.
This limitation is mainly due to the fact that the bottom part of the air hovercraft functions much like a vacuum while it is either turned on or in motion.
Consuming an average of 1.3 gallons of gasoline per hour, the air hovercraft can float up to eight inches above the ground, and can move as fast as 15 miles per hour.
Though this ‘personal vehicle’ may pale in comparison to The Goblin’s glider in Spider-Man, it is by far the safest and most practical air hovercraft that’s available in the market these days.
The fact that the vehicle only hovers eight inches above the ground with a maximum speed of only about 15 miles per hour guarantees the personal safety of its rider.
Potential accidents stemming from unexpected turns or unforeseen incidents is only likely to cause minor injuries to the rider, as opposed to the injuries likely to be caused by similar vehicles hovering at a much higher height and at a much faster speed.
Dubbed by its creators as the AirBoard™, the air hovercraft has a steering bar control equipped with two levers that give the rider control over acceleration and break.
The AirBoard™ is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows riders to turn the vehicle by simply shifting their weights.
In terms of safety features, the AirBoard™ is equipped with a safety switch that automatically turns off the vehicle’s engine when its rider jumps off, preventing the possibility of the rider being sucked from underneath by the vehicle.
This cutting-edge air hovercraft technology, however, though seemingly convenient and undeniably impressive, does not come cheap. Initially priced at $14,000, the flying AirBoard™ is obviously not intended for everyone to get.
Or at least, not yet.
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