"The hoverboard is now real and it may save us in an earthquake"
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The hoverboard is now real and it may save us in an earthquake
The Hendo hoverboard resembles a prop from the movie, Back to the Future II.
A skateboard with no wheels that hovers about an inch in the air for a frictionless ride.
Oh, yeah, I got it.
I got it.
It's pretty cool.
We can't do everything Marty could do.
But we're a whole lot closer than we were.
The hoverboard is the creation of Jill and Greg Henderson.
There is no air lifting the board.
Instead, the company uses a patented magnetic technology, so you're riding on a magnetic field.
The board also needs a conductive surface, like one made of aluminum or copper.
We're gonna have hover boards, we're gonna have hover parks, we're gonna have hover luges and hover rollercoasters, all that's coming.
The company is selling these white boxes to developers that contain the hover engine.
It can move frictionlessly, and it can do something you've probably never seen before, bounce in air.
The ability to load weight onto the hover engine means the technology can one day be used to keep buildings aloft during earthquakes or floods.
Why not a building?
Why not a house?
Why not an operating room?
Why not a sensitive piece of equipment or a precious piece of art?
The company has updated the hover board more than 20 times, but there's still more tweaking to be done.
They're working on lowering the noise level and incorporating a remote control.
[NOISE] Because it's a little hard when you first climb on.
So it feels like I'm a little out of control.
In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNet.com for CBS News.
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