Remember when Tony Hawk made that awesome hoverboard video and then it turned out the whole thing was a hoax? Well, thanks to Hendo, the professional skateboarder got on a “real” hoverboard.
In a new video, Hawk, 46, jumps around on the futuristic skateboard at first before he gets more comfortable with the device and goes on a mini ramp. “This is real, folks,” he says. “This is the real hoverboard right here. So forget everything you know. This is it.”
At the end of the video Hawk adds: “I want to apologize for the hoverboard prank. I thought it would be obvious that it was fake.”
The video, which also features Dave Carnie, had more than 200,000 YouTube views after it was uploaded Monday. The video also inspired a series of comments from viewers, many of whom were excited to jump on their very own hoverboard.
The Hendo hoverboard floats an inch off the ground using magnets, which means it can only work on floors that are made of aluminum or copper. It can carry as much as 300 pounds for nearly 15 minutes.
The company intended to raise $250,000 through a Kickstarter fundraiser, but with 27 days left, it already has exceeded its goal by more than $200,000 from nearly 2,800 backers.
“The hoverboard is simultaneously fascinating and exhilarating. The enabling technologies existed, but no one had yet been able to align them to bring a hoverboard forth,” the company’s Kickstarter page said. “Hendo has done so, and our hoverboards are working in almost every way we could have imagined. But perfecting it will take a little more time and resources.”
For those who are looking forward to floating down the sidewalk, the Hendo hoverboard won’t be on sale until October 2015 -- at the earliest -- TechCrunch wrote.
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