Catalin Alexandru Duru — an inventor from Montreal, Canada — stunned everyone earlier this year when he invented a hoverboard that could actually fly.
Duru’s hoverboard clearly outperformed the much-hyped Lexus hoverboard, which didn’t really fly.
As Chris Burns wrote in his review on SlashGear, “The (Lexus hoverboard) is indeed hovering, but it’s only hovering in one direction.” He added: “The good news is, this board hovers. The bad news is — it doesn’t do much other than that, in a straight line, only in one place.”
This is not Photoshopped! He's really flying!
Duru went on to set the Guinness World Record for the longest hoverboard flight. He went up five meters above Lake Ouareau in Quebec, Canada. He then traveled a distance of 275.9 meters aboard his propeller-powered hoverboard. His trip lasted less than two minutes.
In statement, Guinness remarked, “This is a truly mesmerizing and incredible feat in the world of engineering and transportation.”
Duru — who heads Omni Hoverboards — revealed that he worked on a hoverboard prototype for about five years. He said, “To tell you the truth I always thought [flying] was something possible. When I saw the new high-powered motors I thought, ‘We can do that!'”
Duru went on to say, “I wanted to showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet.”
Of course, Duru admits that he is a fan of the Back to the Future series. Its lead character, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox), flies a hovercraft in Back to the Future 2, which came out in 1989. Amazingly enough, the movie’s hoverboard scene was set in what was then a “futuristic 2015.”
Catalin Alexandru Duru poses with his his favorite toy.
Now, Duru and his company are said to be “working on a secret, next-generation version of the device.” The world will surely be watching out — or should we say “up”? — for it.
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