Help battling robots cause even more mayhem, Ep. 180This week on Crave, we take a closer look at the Hendo hoverboard, fly on a Virgin Galactic spaceship, and get pumped for the return of the battle-bot action of RoboGames. It's a high-flying, hoverboarding, eagle-riding episode of Crave!
[MUSIC] Hey my name is Stephen Beacham and this is Crave. [MUSIC] This week I had the opportunity to test ride the Hendo hoverboard. At the Arx Pax headquarters in Los Gatos California. The Hendo hoverboard uses magnetic field Architecture or MFA to create a powerful magnetic field under the hoverboard causing it to levitate about an inch off the ground using a conductive surface. Inventor and co-founder of the Hendo hover technology, Greg Henderson, gave us a demo of his white box developer kit which contains the Hendo hover technology. For $300 on Kickstarter. So you can purchase the WhiteBox Developer Kit and start to hover anything your heart desires. Well up to 40 pounds, at least. Greg Henderson envisions a future full of hoverboard parks, and cities where large skyscrapers can be hovered to protect from earthquakes and floods. Technology can be used to move large, heavy and. Fragile payloads. As well as solve common problems we have yet to discover. The team at Arch patches have built over 20 prototypes of the hoverboard. And are now selling 10 Hindo hoverboards for $10,000 a piece. The developers are also working on a remote control interface for the hoverboard, because it is a little difficult to control unless you are really aggressive on your feet. The Hendo Hoverboard will be released to the public next year on October 21st, 2015, which happens to be the exact date and year that Marty McFly traveled to the future, and got his first ride on the now iconic hoverboard. He's on a hoverboard [MUSIC] NASA has uploaded a large collection of archival sound recordings to SoundCloud. The sound files include shuttle launches, recordings of the solar system, and clips of famous quotes from astronauts and President J.F.K. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal. Before this decade is out and landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. The audio is an mp3 format on Soundcloud, but it is also available on the NASA website in M4R format for iPhone ringtones. Virgin Galactic has resumed test flights, and Sir Richard Branson says that he expects to be on the first commercial flight by February or March of 2015. SpaceShip Two, which carries 2 pilots and 6 passengers is close to launching the first commercial space flight, so the 700 or so peeps who paid $250,000 per round trip space ticket may not have to wait much longer. [MUSIC] The International Space Station has been streaming its orbit around the earth since April, in an effort to pick the best HD camera for future space missions. [MUSIC] NASA said in a statement, analysis of the effect of space on the video quality over the time high-definition earth viewing is operational may help engineers. Decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. You can watch the world go by at ustream.tv and search for the ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment. The nonprofit group, Robotics Society of America, has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise money for the production of an independent web-based video. Series of the popular RoboGames in 2015. The RoboGames is the world's largest robot competition which has been held in San Mateo, California, every year since 2004. You may remember the popular show BattleBots, which aired on Comedy Central back in the day. The organizers of the Robogames are eager to recapture the magic of that classic show and bring the action-packed world of weaponized robots back to the masses. The Robogames is not just a smash-'em-up battle between robots with chainsaws and hammers, but features 54 professional events such as robot hockey, android soccer. Tiny nano sumo robot wrestlers as well as robot dance off competitions. The Kickstarter perks for those who donate include tickets to the live event. Digital downloads of the episodes. Robot trading cards, T-shirts, DIY robot kits, Robo Games pit tours, executive producer credits. And driving a large robot in the competition itself. Check the Robo Games Kickstarter page for more information. [MUSIC] Alright guys that's the show. Thank you very much for watching. As always you can find all these new stories you've seen. That's Crave's blog at crave.cnet.com. Make sure you follow Crave on Twitter @Crave and check out this week's Crave giveaway. This week's Crave giveaway is the Lemur blue driver wireless car diagnostic tool. Win a portable gadget that monitors your. Your car's performance and delivers diagnostic data straight to your smartphone via bluetooth. Go to the blog and enter to win. [FOREIGN]. Yes. [NOISE]