ARCA Space Corp. has just released a hoverboard that costs nearly $20,000, and many aren't impressed.
ARCA Space Corporation is making waves by announcing a new hoverboard with a massive price tag, but not everyone’s a fan.
This device actually hovers, unlike those tiny scooters that everyone is calling hoverboards. It uses 36 electric fans that generate 272 horsepower, lifting the user up a few inches off the ground like in the Back to the Future movie, according to an Engadget report.
But Engadget — and several others — think that this may be little more than a publicity stunt, or “vaporware” as those in the industry call whiz-bang technology released with much fanfare that soon gets cancelled before or shortly after it launches.
For one thing, there is the price. The ArcaBoard will set you back $19,900, making it out of reach except for the wealthy with lots of time and money on their hands.
That’s not to say the technology isn’t interesting. You can steer it with a smartphone or manually like a skateboard, and it can move at up to 12.5 miles per hour.
Unfortunately, its batteries only last six minutes and it takes six hours to recharge them, so you won’t be going far on it.
Because of these drawbacks and the price tag, Engadget called ArcaBoard “most likely the worst kind of attention-grabbing PR stunt.”
Others weren’t as critical as Engadget, but were also suitably unimpressed with many of the specs even if the technology itself was exciting. Gizmodo described its price tag as “staggering” and questioned whether it would ever see production. Still, it gave credit to the hoverboard for actually hovering.
The battery time is “abysmal,” Gizmodo wrote, and essentially a “toy for the super-rich.”
But at least it’s “pretty cool.”