Growing up in Santa Rosa, CA, I liked to tinker with things. I was fascinated by electronics and all manner of flying machines. In 6th grade, I ordered the blueprints for a small vacuum-cleaner-powered hovercraft that was advertised in the back of a boy scout magazine. After starting to build it, I got distracted by a more ambitious idea: I tried to convince my friend that we should attach wings to his go-kart and make it fly. All of our hard work in research and development of this idea went to waste when our parents insisted that it was too dangerous and we were not allowed to try it. I returned to the idea of a hovercraft, but the design needed to be spiced up. A hovercraft would be fun to build, but only if it looked like a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi. I drew up the schematics, but my hopes were once again shattered when I found out my allowance would not even come close to paying for the kind of hovercraft I was planning. If only Kickstarter had been around in 1995!
Lesson learned, my passions turned toward simpler problems, like discovering the meaning of life. I went to the University of California at Santa Cruz and majored in philosophy, with a minor in sociology. After college I used my expertise in philosophy to become a construction worker, remodeling houses in Silicon Valley at the height of the housing bubble. Somewhere in the midst of all that constructing, the idea of building a hovercraft came back to me. I started designing a craft with two rear thrust fans that would rotate so it could go in reverse and turn while braking. I don't remember when I decided to make it look like a Delorean, but once the idea was there and I saw that it was possible, there was no stopping me.
Doc Brown's design philosophy must have really sunk in after watching Back to the Future ten thousand times: "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" I think that really holds for no matter what you're building or doing. The way I see it, if you're gonna do anything, why not do it with some style?
Like every other 23 year old college graduate I knew, I was also dreaming of traveling the world and going to graduate school. I still had to answer one or two questions about the meaning of life and human nature, so I applied to masters degree programs in political science, focusing on political philosophy. I figured I had enough life savings to see the world, come home and build a hovering Delorean, then enroll in graduate school; and that's what I did. For eight months, I backpacked through Central America, West Africa, and the Middle East. I went to a specific, remote spot in West Africa to surf a wave I had seen in a satellite photo on Google Earth. It turned out that the beach I had flown half-way around the world to surf wasn't even surfable. It was just a mirage. But my ambition was rewarded when I found two world-class secret surf spots just half a mile away. Wanderlust satisfied, I came back to California and immediately started on my hovercraft project.
Having no experience with this sort of building, I just learned as I went along. Grad school was starting in 5 months, so I was working long hours to get it done in time. My real deadline was the end of the Giants' season, since the plan all along had been to take it out to McCovey Cove during a game and get on TV. With the end of the season approaching and a near-infinite amount of construction details to finish, I had to work even faster to try to get it ready in time. When I finally finished it two days after the last Giants home game, my disappointment was agonizing. I took solace in the fact that with a few more months until the next season, I had plenty of time to use my new skills and knowledge to re-build some of the hastily-constructed parts of the craft and really make it the Delorean Hovercraft of my dreams. This re-modeling took four years. The journey was worth it, though, because now I can look at the whole thing, its performance, and the level of detail in the craftsmanship and really be proud of it as my life's work.
During those four years, I could only work on the craft part-time because I also was in grad school and working to pay the bills. I took various short-term and part-time jobs like catering at the Bohemian Grove, being a Teaching Assistant at my university, remodeling houses, crab fishing out of Fisherman's Wharf, and I was even a guinea pig in a experiment at the Stanford University Human Experimental Pain Laboratory, where I was burned, poked, and electrocuted, all in the name of funding some crazy hovercraft! I also raised $5,644 on Kickstarter in July of 2010. All the support from friends and strangers during that fundraising campaign meant a lot to me and kept me motivated.
After a couple false starts, I finally debuted the craft at a Giants game on August 10th, 2012. It was so much fun to be flying around out there, seeing everyone's reaction and later hearing the reaction of the Giant's TV announcers, whose voices I've been hearing my whole life. In the first game of what would become the Giants' historic world-series-winning playoff run, I took the craft out to McCovey Cove and held up a sign that read "I'm back from the future, *spoiler alert!* The Giants win it all!!", thereby proving both that "jinxing" is not real, and that time travel is real.
After the hovercraft debuted I spent some time working out the bugs, then started my job driving for Lyft and Uber in San Francisco. It's been a great way to make a living and still have the flexibility to take time off to work on and play with The 'Craft. It's been a great ride. I've been interviewed by numerous TV shows, magazines, and blogs, I've been invited to show off the hovercraft at festivals and private parties, and I've met a ton of really great people who were inspired by what a determined person can accomplish if they really put their mind to it. This project has defined an incredible few years for me, and now I'm getting ready to pass the torch. If you'd like a hovering Delorean in your life, make me an offer and it could be yours!
September 23rd, 2017
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If you like science fiction movies, you've probably seen plenty of interesting space ships that hover and float about like magic. But did you know that there are real vehicles that can hover and travel over both water and land?
It's true! We call these special vehicles hovercrafts. Hovercrafts are also sometimes called air-cushion vehicles or ACVs. Hovercrafts are known as amphibious vehicles. That means they can travel over both land and water.
Although hovercrafts can travel on both land and water, they're more like airplanes than either boats or cars. They hover in the air on a cushion of pressurized air. Although it might sound like magic, it's actually pure — and fairly simple — science!
Hovercrafts have engines that power fans. These fans blow air underneath the hovercraft to cause it to lift off of the ground. Depending upon the size of the hovercraft and the power of the engines, hovercrafts can lift from six inches to over seven feet into the air.
To help hovercraft engines work most efficiently, hovercrafts have skirts made of fabric surrounding their bases. These skirts help to keep the pressurized air from escaping.
To move, hovercrafts also need engine power to produce an air current that will push it forward. Some hovercrafts use two separate engines: one for thrust (forward motion), and one to create the pressurized air cushion. Other hovercrafts have one larger engine that produces a single air stream that is then split between thrust and cushion as needed.
Today, hovercrafts are used in many parts of the world for a variety of reasons. Because of their amphibious nature, hovercrafts are often used by military organizations to transport people and equipment over rough terrain. They can also be used to transport large groups of people across bodies of water rather than using boats.
The scientific principles behind hovercrafts were first demonstrated by Sir Christopher Cockerell in 1955. He built a crude object out of a cat food can, a coffee can, and some kitchen scales. He also came up with the name “hovercraft."
Stack the plates face-up and arrange the fans in a circle on top, with labels up. Point the wired corners toward the center, with the opposite corners close to the rim. Mark the top plate with the locations of each fan's opening and its inner- and outer-corner mounting holes.
Remove the fans and drill eight 1/8-inch mounting holes through both plates. Separate the plates and cut out the four circular fan openings in one of them. This will be the top plate.
Attach the battery to the battery clip, and set it in the center of the top plate. Note the location of the battery clip wires and cut a small triangular slot for them to pass through.
Saw two corners off each fan case, leaving the wired corner and the one opposite attached. Arrange the fans inside the top plate as in step 1, and pass nylon screws, from below, through the eight mounting holes in both the top plate and the fans.
Trim the fan wires to reach about an inch past the center of the plate, and then strip half an inch of insulation from each.
Thread the battery clip wires through the triangular slot from below and pull the battery and clip up close to the plate. Then trim the wires until they just reach the plate center. Strip half an inch of insulation from each wire and unclip the battery.
Twist all five red leads (four from the fans and one from the battery clip) together with one wire nut, and all five black leads together with the other.
Cut the rim off the bottom plate, about halfway down the side, and discard it. Install the bottom plate inside the top plate, so it fits over the fans and protruding screws, and secure it with eight hex nuts.
Flip your hovercraft over, clip in a freshly charged battery, and set it on a smooth floor.
Hovercraft use air to balance their weight, allowing the craft to operate efficiently. These hoverpads create a cushion of air that allows the airship to float along.
We could start by saying “they” didn’t promise us hoverboards. People want hoverboards because they saw one in the disappointing sequel Back to the Future Part II . But that doesn’t mean people haven’t tried to make them. Like other colourful retrofuturist fantasies, hoverboards were a lustmotif that spoke to a whole generation in the way that flying cars and jetpacks did to baby boomers.
Problem No 1: how would this thing hover? We have four choices: some type of thrust, a cushion of air, maglev or magic.
If it sits on a cushion of air, it is probably a hovercraft, which have been around since the 1960s. One alarming effort by Airboard originally claimed to be a genuine hoverboard but turned out to be a personal hovercraft, looking more like an industrial floor scrubber you can ride.
Essentially a floaty scooter, its noisy internal combustion engine allows it to bob about menacingly on a cushion of air, with a drive wheel on the ground to steer it. Looks fun but it doesn’t hover, isn’t a board, and people just don’t want to be seen on a giant lawnmower.
If our hoverboard uses maglev – and we have a few examples of those – it inconveniently requires superconductors, cooled with liquid nitrogen to around -135C. Naturally, it also requires a magnetic surface.
But they do look the part.
First up, California-based company Arx Pax’s Hendo hoverboard. Watching the demo, it feels ostensibly close to that skateboard ideal – it looks a riot to ride, with whooping trialists gleefully floating about 15cm above the floor. But on closer inspection, it screeches like a defective train and is so hard to control even professional skateboarder Tony Hawk spins like a top until he is flung off. And unfortunately the battery lasts just a few minutes. And $10,000 (£7,500) a pop? Next!
But what if this tech were extended to an entire skatepark, as carmaker Lexus has done with its Slide hoverboard? Perhaps the closest example yet to Marty’s machine, this gadget houses a liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductor to float above a hidden magnetic track. It keeps the board in place using “quantum locking” – a property of type 2 superconductors that overcomes the tendency of magnets to wobble off and repel each other, using a sort of magnetic, sticky “vortex”.
Slide certainly brings us a mite closer to Marty – it looks the part, glides quietly – but there’s no getting away from the fact that, as with any maglev, it needs a special surface. It might be well hidden but there’s still a magnetic track under that skatepark. And that won’t satiate a public hungry for Marty McFly kicks.
What about conventional thrust propulsion? The US company ArcaSpace comes admirably close to the ideal with its ArcaBoard. It’s capable of hovering a foot in the air, by dint of its 36 electric propellers generating 200kg of lift controlled by onboard balancing tech to help stabilise it. You can even control it using an app on your smartphone, which is neat. You might only be able to catch some sweet air on this for three minutes, but it’s surely a great start.
The drawback – ah, there’s always a drawback – is that there’s no disguising the fact that it looks like a mattress with fans on it. It hardly radiates skateboard chic, and many may balk at forking out $15,000 for a flying carpet. And there doesn’t seem to be much evidence that the rider can control it. What’s the point of a skateboard you can’t do sick tricks on?
Then you’ve got flyboards. These are not so much floaty skateboards as flying platforms. The best known example is perhaps Franky Zapata’s jet-propelled Flyboard Air, which evolved from an earlier invention, those funky-looking water-jetpack gizmos also called flyboards – you may have seen beautiful people enjoying them on YouTube. The Flyboard Air is a jet-powered “personal aerial vehicle” capable of vertical takeoff and landing, and can fly at a height of 150 metres at 87mph. While it has obvious emergency and military applications, it was designed to be flown safely, sans licence, by almost anyone who takes a shine to it. A flight lasts 12 minutes but Zapata anticipates longer trips in the future.
Canadian inventor Alexander Duru’s Omni Hoverboard is a similar contrivance, which uses fans to create the requisite thrust. It’s essentially a large, rideable drone – think giant desk fan with bootstraps. Its first iteration wormed its way into the Guinness World Records book in the rather uncrowded category of longest hoverboard flight – 276 metres – and the firm is working on a consumer version.
Both of these, like many of the drone-derived technologies arriving on the scene, look great fun – even practical – but the nagging problem is … they aren’t skateboards.
Last but definitely least are those upright, dweeby, hands-free Segways marketed as hoverboards by Swegways, Airwheels and so on, readily available at any Argos. On any given day, one might see poseurs trundling along the pavement on them, upsetting dogs. These may be fun, but the main sticking points here are that: (a) they aren’t boards and (b) they don’t hover. And they have even been known to set your feet on fire. What a let-down. McFly would have spat out his cornflakes.
Surely the real test of a genuine hoverboard is, can you do a sweet kickflip on it? If the answer is no, it won’t do. Back to the Future? More like back to the drawing board.
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