(PCM) Ever since we got our first glimpse at hoverboard technology in the cult-classic film “Back to the Future” it has remained a staple on the pop culture radar and we have been obsessed with trying to recreate the high-flying phenomena.
There have been many YouTube videos made with people claiming to have perfected the technology and producing working versions of a hoverboard, however all of them at one point or another have proven to be a hoax, that is until now!
The Zapata Racing Flyboard Air, very well may be the first actually legit working hoverboard the world has ever witnessed. While many still continue to doubt it’s authenticity, a video recently surfaced showing a test flight of the board in action and we have to say that it appears to be pretty darn legit to us!
It certainly appears that they are still working on getting the kinks out of operating the board, which is basically a hydraulic jetpack that is strapped to a users feet. Designer Franky Zapata claims that he has been working on the hoverboard project for over four years now and has nearly perfected the product. Currently the test flights have been taking place over a body of water for obvious safety reasons and the board is powered by four 250hp turbines, all linked to each other via wifi to maximize stabilization.
There was a little bit of an issue with the battery life, as when it went dead, it caused Zapata to spiral out of control a bit and land in the water. His water landing damaged the electronic components in the only working version of the hoverboard, so it appears they are back to the drawing board for the time being.
What do you think? Could this product be a safety hazard and too dangerous or an incredibly unique way to travel from point A to point B? Either way we think it is pretty cool!