Guinness World Records today announced that Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru set a new world record for farthest flight on a hoverboard.
The intrepid Canadian inventor succeeded in traveling a total distance of 275.9 m (905 ft 2 in) at a peak height of 16 feet in the air on a custom-built hoverboard. Unlike the Hendo Hoverboard that uses a magnetic field to achieve levitation, Duru’s version is propelled by four built-in quad-copter style rotors.
Duru built his hoverboard over the course of 12 months, and claims it can reach even higher distances than what is shown in the video.
I wanted to showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet. –Catalin Alexandru Duru
This record breaking flight took place in Lake Ouareau in Quebec, Canada. Highlighting the achievement, a spokesperson representing Guinness World Records states, “This is a truly mesmerizing and incredible feat in the world of engineering and transportation. It’s always pleasing to see individuals such as Catalin Alexandru Duru achieve a Guinness World Records titles such as this in which personal endeavor continues to amaze us all.”
Will hoverboards ever become a common means of transportation?
Duru’s invention is all the more impressive for fans young enough to have seen the film Back To The Future in which teenage youth can be seen zipping across streets and through alleys on skateboard-style hoverboards. It’s an intriguing fantasy that’s inching closer and closer to technological reality. Real-life versions of this sci-fi technology currently include the Hendo Hoverboard, which is limited to magnetic surfaces, and Duru’s, which marks an intriguing departure and alternative to magnetic levitation in the form of quadcopter rotor technology. As impressive as Duru’s hoverboard is, it’s highly unlikely that such means of transportation will be permitted on urban and suburban streets, at least in the near future. On the other hand, recreational use of such machines will no doubt be common among vacationing thrill seekers intent on experiencing real-life hoverboards.