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This $19,900 real-life hoverboard doesn't need wheels

This $19,900 real-life hoverboard doesn't need wheels
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCABOARD

We know, Christmas 2015 is barely over, but you really ought to be thinking about Christmas 2016 gifts. Especially, if you need to save just under $20,000 for the next hot tech gadget.

Of course, one of this Christmas' most talked-about gadgets was the hoverboard. You read about some of them bursting into flames. But, mostly, you've seen kids and teenagers having a great, safe time rolling around the streets and in malls on hoverboards.

Still, no matter how cool this year's hoverboards are, they're not really hovering, like the board Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly rode in the "Back to the Future" movies. They roll around on wheels, propelled by your weight and motion.

Next year, a hoverboard that hovers could be the hottest gift of the year. You can already order an ArcaBoard, although it's going for $19,900. (See video and another photo on the next page.)

The ArcaBoard is powered by 36 high-powered Electric Ducted Fans (EDFs) with a thrust of 200 kgf, or 430 pounds. It can keep a person weighing up to 176 pounds afloat for about six minutes; it'll take roughly a half-hour to charge the ArcaBoard back up. Note: ArcaBoard's charging port, ArcaDock, is an additional $4,500.

As you can imagine, those 36 EDFs generate quite a bit of heat. There's an on-board cooling system, which adds to the ArcaBoard's current size.

Right now, the ArcaBoard is 57 inches long and 30 inches wide. It's six inches thick.

Still, as one of ArcaBoard's taglines says, "For the first time, every person will be able to fly anytime, anywhere." That's pretty cool.

Now, if only they can shrink its proportions a bit, and its price a lot. Keep reading Happening Now for updates on ArcaBoard and other hoverboards that actually hover.

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Source: Mashable
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