The concept of Hover board has been around for over two decades. The levitating board is a transportation toy that was seen first in films like Back to the Future Part II and Part III.
Hover boards are just like skateboards, but with the wheels. I have been fascinated by these hovering boards ever since I saw them in the movies.
Though the films made these boards popular, they were considered dangerous by parents.
Since the movies, many attempts have been made to produce a successful hover board, but the efforts have not been fruitful so far due to financial and technological limitations.
However, this new DIY book by Andrew Magdy is certainly a good one. Here is a breakdown on why I find it effective.
Hover board History
Hovercrafts have been tried since 1990, and one popular model was by William J.Beaty in 1997.
He gave instructions on building an ultra-simple model using hardware and tools and powered using a leaf blower or a reversible vacuum cleaner.
The model had a circular platform made of wood and plastic forming a skirt of pressurized air.
The air thus trapped was under a higher pressure when compared to the surrounding air, making the platform hover a few inches from the ground.
Another model is Marty McFly’s board that uses fan and engine to make it hover above the ground.
In 2011, some researchers in France used magnetic energy to levitate the board.
The model used liquid nitrogen to power the superconductor that was used to propel the hover board along a magnetized track.
However, none of these models were found effective in creating an ideal hover board.
Andrew Magdy Kamal is an inventor and programmer.
He has developed many revolutionary concepts like, hydro fuel solar technology, mixed reality that is a blend of augmented and virtual reality, and many more.
As a popular programmer, he has done one million downloads and has over 100 websites.
Hover board Concept
The design of Hover board has been attracting Andrew Magdy Kamal since 2011 and he has come up with a new concept for the hovercraft that has electromagnetic electricity as a main concept.
I have found that this entirely new approach gives a scientific viewpoint and a practical approach to hover craft technology.
Idea behind the eBook
There are hover board replicas like the Back to the Future model from Mattel and several other prototypes doing the rounds on the web.
As the book mentions, the model that is talked about is solely for hover board enthusiasts like me who would love to know how it is made and try it out by themselves.
The eBook is a great source of information from which you can learn all you can about hover boards, their design ideas, and creation.
The book has a detailed history of how these were designed and the DIY manual is something
I like very much as it is simple to understand and gives a quick yet effective round up of the raw materials needed and the making.
The hovercraft design which lets the craft to hover on air is based on the air cushion concept. This has made the hovercrafts to be called as ACV or air cushion vehicle.
The principle is simple. When you lift an object in air for a little distance from the ground, the space between creates a reduced friction overall.
As friction is low, propelling the object is easy.
To prevent the craft from being damaged by the small stones or rock in their path, a flexible type of skirt is created on the underside, so it is easy to use it on rough and hard terrains and even on water.
New Hover board Design
The hovercraft in a variation from the earlier models that have been tried out before uses electromagnetic force.
The weight of the body and the control it exerts on the board is taken into account in the propelling force.
The innovative model uses a concept that is a first of its kind and Andrew Magdy Kamal has had the design patented in 2011.
The main part to consider in the effectiveness of the hover board is the ratio of power to weight. This affects the way the hovercraft is lifted.
The power produced by the air cushion should be sufficient to levitate the hovercraft. The power to weight ratio should be adjusted for better propulsion of it.
I found that even a high levitation can disrupt the balance, and make the board unstable. Therefore, the ratio should be ideal.
Many things can hover. You have the hovercraft for one, and helicopters do that too.
However, ever since the 1989 hovering skateboard movie was released, the concept has been fantasized by many people from engineers to movie buffs who have wanted to recreate the magic in real life.
This DIY model will certainly give you the satisfaction of creating a hover board of your own. I found the plan easy to follow and the raw materials were easy to acquire.
Overall, the book is a great experience to be enjoyed by all hover board enthusiasts.
Give a shape to your desires now.