Home SCIENCE The Omni Hoverboard, A Propeller-Based Hoverboard Prototype

The Omni Hoverboard, A Propeller-Based Hoverboard Prototype

This is the model that is the most like what we would expect of a hoverboard. It’s basically just a small helicopter, except you stand on top of the rotors instead of sitting underneath them.

source: wired /image: TheHenryFord

For all hoverboards, you need some upward force to push against the gravitational force. For the Omni hoverboard, this upward force is from the air. The props push air downward resulting in an upward force on the rotors.

This prototype managed to travel a total distance of 275.9 m (905 ft and 2 inches) to achieve a new Guinness World Records title for the longest distance travelled by a hoverboard.


The Omni hoverboard has two major flaws. First is the flight time. Since this is essentially like an electric powered quadcopter, it needs a battery. Batteries are heavy, so you can only power the propellers for a couple of minutes of flight time.