The Avengers: Age of Ultron — "I’m going to show you something beautiful. Everyone screaming for mercy. You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. You’re all puppets. Tangled in strings. But now I’m free.
The snow has arrived in Iceland so I had to make something warm for myself. I ended up with this wool sweater and practiced my freehand embroidery skills. I’m looking forward for this winter with my cozy companion from Mars!
Some individual frames took up to 100 hours to render, the computation overtaxed by the bendy bits of distortion caused by an Einsteinian effect called gravitational lensing. In the end the movie brushed up against 800 terabytes of data.
The Hendo hoverboard uses ‘Magnetic Field Architecture’ to hover about 1 inch above the ground, although it has to be over a very secific type of metal surface. The Kickstarter is offering a developer kit of a ‘hover engine set and enough surface to hover it on’ for US$299. The actual hoverboard was $10,000 but all ten are already sold out.
The company has also been busy with designs for a ‘hoverpark’ to use the board on:
Although a real life hoverboard is cool, it seems the company mainly sees it as a first demonstration of a technology which could have much wider application:
The Hendo Hoverboard is a first-step product, a precursor to the broader implementation of the world-changing technology of MFA. It enables a new generation of lift and motion technology that will change the way we view transportation. Additional applications for MFA technology are virtually limitless - from business, to industry, to healthcare, and beyond.
Unlike magnetic levitation systems employed today, our hover systems are comparably inexpensive and completely sustainable. Hovering modes of transportation are now possible and practical. Lifting a wide range of loads - whether it’s a person riding a hoverboard (what we were all expecting) or a building riding out an earthquake (what we never imagined could be possible) - is all within reach.