The History Of Levitating Hoverboards

Maybe you have one, or maybe you’re considering purchasing one. But nonetheless, it goes without saying that hoverboard scooters are sought after vehicles for personal transportation. From celebrities to your childrens’ friends at school, everyone seems to be riding one. With a hoverboard, you’re not only traveling without handlebars, but you’re riding in style. Hoverboard scooters are named after devices that levitate and literally “hover” over the ground as you ride them. While hoverboard scooters are all the rage, literal hoverboard levitating devices are being designed, and have been for many years.

Today we’re going to learn a little bit about the history of levitating hoverboards, but we’ll do so safely on the ground. So hop on to your self balancing, handsfree scooter and let’s go for a ride down memory lane to see where levitating hoverboards started and how they got to where they are today. Hold on tight!

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Early in the 2000s

A hoverboard was designed and produced in 2004, by Jamie Hyneman. Created from a surfboard and leafblower, this hoverboard invention was successful, but unfortunately, not very effective. A year later in 2005, another hoverboard was designed, this time by Jason Bradbury for The Gadget Show. While the previous attempt utilized a surfboard, this one was designed with a wooden board in addition to a leaf blower. Again, this design did not come to fruition, as it could not be propelled or steered. A second version was released four years later in 2009. Still equipped with a leafblower — this time with two — this version had steering and propelling features from an attached small jet engine.

Later in the 2000s

The next two successful attempts came from France. Artist Nils Guadagnin designed a hoverboard, but instead of utilizing landscaping technology like leaf blowers, this levitating hoverboard operated on a magnetic repulsion between the board and the base. To work, the hoverboard featured a laser system to stabilize and an electromagnetic system to levitate. While this attempt introduced a fresh new technology, it was not successful, as it could not carry anything on it. Two years later in 2011, also in France, another hoverboard was produced at a University. This time, the hoverboard could carry up to 100 kg.


In 2015, Canadian Catalin Alexandru Duru rode a personal levitator over water for about 200 meters. The device he was riding, which he designed himself, was coined “hoverboard” by the Guinness World Records because it literally hovered over the surface of the water and was controlled by his feet movements. With Guinness World Records recognizing the term, research has been done in order to learn more about the hoverboard technology, in order to make it more common in everyday life.

While levitating hoverboard technology is still in the works and is constantly being improved, hoverboard scooters are the new rage. With two wheels attached to a board on which the rider stands, this personal transportation device gives the appearance of hovering over the ground as it rolls.

Being able to levitate above the ground would be an interesting way to transport oneself, but if you prefer to be on the ground while still rolling and moving smoothly, a hoverboard scooter is the personal transportation device for you. Shop King Power Boards for hoverboard scooters, including the ProZip hoverboards, today.