Sad, but true; the term “hoverboards” have been wrongly used to refer to two-wheeled scooters, a hover-board is actually supposed to hover… you know, like float in the air other than “wheeling” you from one place to another. The good news is boards are now developed that can actually hover! Have you seen the video above?
This is way better than the Arcaboard, which for now only hovers, this gadget dubbed the Flyboard Air flies at reasonable speed. According to the company, the device has a top speed of over 93 mph, a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet and has a maximum flight time of 10 minutes.
Zapata hasn’t given more details yet about the Flyboard Air, but from the looks it seems to use a remote control which controls the speed of the turbine engine. Just like the two-wheeled scooters this device also seems to be controlled by body movements. Strapped at his back is what looks like the fuel tank, although it looks dangerous carrying a fuel tank strapped at your back this seems to be the best place it can be for now since the device is still in its testing phase.
While this is a good innovation, one still needs to watch out for the dangers that might emerge from it. The video promised a “Mission One” coming soon, we will be on the lookout for whats next, but i must say, i am impressed with this new development.
Franky Zapata is the inventor of Flyboard and founder of Zapata Racing, based in Marseille, France. Zapata first came into the spotlight as a jetski racer and received the title of RUN F1 World Champion. After many years in manufacturing jetskis, he came up with the Flyboard in spring of 2011. The device was hooked to a jet ski, and allowed you to hover around 30 feet in the air.