Hoverboard technology has made significant advances in the last few years. There have been all types of different transportation devices labeled as hoverboards. We're not going to argue what should be called a hoverboard and what shouldn't.
Instead we'll take a look at all the types transportation devices being called hoverboards and see how they are differentiated.
Here are the major devices that are being labeled hoverboards:
- Self balancing scooters
- One wheel hoverboards
- Real hoverboards
- Other hoverboard like devices
Self Balancing Scooters
The term hoverboard is most widely used to describe self balancing scooters. This is a little surprising, given that real hoverboards do exist that actually hover. These hoverbaords have two wheels and use a self balancing technology two allow riders to stay balanced without handles.
They're been extremely popular in the last year or so. They've also had some safety issues. The first generation of self balancing scooters had all sorts of battery issues. These devices were banned from major retailers until batteries met strict new safety standards.
The videos on the right show the EPIKGO, an all terrain self balancing scooter that's UL 2272 certified for safety.
There are real hoverboards being tested, and a few on the market. This is some technology to get very excited about. Some of these hoverboards use electromagnetic repulsion to generate lift and hover above the ground.
Others, like the Zapata Racing Flyboard Air, are propelled by jet fuel.
The Flyboard can reach speeds of 93 mph and altitudes of 10,000 ft. It's far from a self balancing scooter.
One Wheel Hoverboards
One wheel hoverboards are designed to feel like snowboarding on any surface. The boards can accelerate and decelerate depending on how much the rider leans in a given direction. The sensation of riding on a one wheel hoverboard is truly unique. These devices can reach top speeds of 15 mph or greater.
They can also ride over various surfaces including sand, dirt, grass and gravel.
We've featured some awesome videos that show what these one wheel hoverboards are capable of doing, check them out!
Other Hoverboard-Like Devices
This is a broad category. Essentially it covers just about anything that claims it is a hoverboard. For many of these devices, we're not really sure what to call them.
Take the ICarbot for example, it's been labeled a hoverboard. It looks more like a Roomba that doesn't vacume or a step scale that doesn't measure weight. Nonetheless, it's found its way into the hoverboard category.
The main takeaway here is that there are a lot of devices being called hoveboards - the ICarbot is just one of the weirdest.