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AirBoard: Segway of the Skies

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Alright, maybe “the skies” was a bit of an exaggeration as for safety reasons its lift will be limited to 1.5 meters above ground, but that’s still flying! When the AirBoard becomes available, it will have similar properties to the Segway, meaning it will be electric-powered, and navigated by tilt-sensor technology – flying in the direction you’re leaning towards.

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The AirBoard is the product of Elviss Straupenieks, a Latvian-based inventor that conceptualized and created this quadcopter. According to Straupenieks, the AirBoard is designed for moving in extreme environments including snow covered terrain, desert surfaces, and even over water. While you might be interested in the AirBoard for umm, important-researchy-stuff, military and emergency services might beat you to it as a mode of transportation for search and rescue operations.

The AirBoard is strong enough to lift a human, yet is small enough to fit into most car trunks when folded up. It has an intelligent Intel processor that supports high-performance and power-efficient workloads, which is something you want ensure constant height and keep you from colliding with the ground.

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In addition to the tilt-sensing controls, the AirBoard can also be navigated using a mobile app via a Bluetooth link. Along with the controls, the app will display additional information like, battery life, compass, altitude, and speed.

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At the moment the AirBoard is still in its developmental stage, but with some luck it will go into production at the end of the year. We certainly hope it will, as it’s about time we have personal flying machines to get us places.

Here’s the inspiration for the AirBoard from the 1950’s – the Hiller Flying Platform:

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Elviss Straupenieks (Inventor)

Photos via: AirBoard

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