My Real Hovering Hoverboard Display

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  1. Dondula7

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    Hey guys, new to the forum,
    I just wanted to share with you my Hoverboard display that actually uses magnets to achieve levitation. My inspiration came from an instillation piece I saw a couple years ago by an artist named Nils Guadagnin who was able to achieve the same effect. I used an electromagnetic kit that has a lazer stabilization technology in it to get the magnets in place. Each magnet can hold about 2-3 pounds of weight while still maintaining levitation. The board can handle around a 5 pound object to be placed on top of it while floating. The board is a foam version, which works the best with the magnets. Had to mod the magnet enclosures in order for the stabilizing sensors to be exposed to the bases. This is a work in progress and I plan on making a nice platform to hide all the electronics in. So in the end the board will be floating in place on a pedestal. Alternately, one magnet can be used, which would allow the board to spin displaying all sides of it. The board will continue to spin until another force is acted upon it. I will post pictures below and a link to a small video I made. I think this is the perfect way to display this particular prop. Thanks for looking :)

    My real hovering Hoverboard display - YouTube
     
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  2. Dondula7

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    anyone have any interesting ideas for a creative way I can hide the bases?
     
  3. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now that is cool !!

    As for covering the bases, just put a themed sheet of paper over the magnets. They will still work fine.

    You may also wish to build a sort of low-profiled box, the size of the board or better bigger, with 'slots' where the magnets would fit in, so that when you cover them with the sheet, all will be level :thumbsup

    Go one step further and print out a sheet of rippling 'water'.

    Better than the 'original' :lol
     
  4. Crank729

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    That's awesome!!!!!
     
  5. GF

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    Great idea!!!!

    that would be a perfect way to display it, are these readily available and is it expensive?

    GFollano
     
  6. agliarept

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    very very cool display! I agree, add some fancy paper on the bottom and it will look swell.

    can i ask, where do you get those types of magnets, are they from a kit or are they sold together for something else? haven't seen something like that anywhere.
     
  7. Psicorp7

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    That is a genius idea!

    I can think of no better way to display a hoverboard.

    Nearly an graphics shop with a large format printer can get you a custom sheet of paper with a design on it. You could do pavement, water, grass or even a screen cap from the film or a poster.

    You might also consider reflective mylar for a mirror effect to see the bottom of the board.

    Keep up the good work.
    I really want to see what you come up with!
     
  8. Dondula7

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    thanks guys, good idea about the box, I was thinking something like that maybe on top of a tall pedestal so people could see the hovering from a good point of view. The magnet kit is from a company in the Netherlands. I bought them a year and a half ago while they were still testing the technology, after all said and done I paid around $1500 - $1800 USD for this particular setup. They don't ship to the states for liability reasons so I had to use some other methods for getting my hands on these. I also had to modify one of the bases in order to use both sets on one non moving piece, and worked with the company trying to get my desired results. It will still randomly lose hover so i'm trying to figure out why. Seems to work better with one centralized magnet, which will also let the board spin as you can see in the video. Hopefully I work out the bugs and get everything perfect.
     
  9. Superman7

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    That is genius and best way to display a board! Du mind sharing where the magnet kit is from?
     
  10. Alan Castillo

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    :eek



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  11. J Scorn

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    tis really good.....

    im thinkin' landspeeder project...
     
  12. steveo3002

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    you could hide the bases into a peice of wood so they are flush with the surface , then a thin vynil covering?
     
  13. iceman

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  14. Vivek

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    Way too pricey but that's a fantastic display setup, great job Dondula7.
     
  15. Garthok

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    Looks fantastic! I like the single magnet look the best and the way it rotates as well. When I saw your video I started having ideas about displaying the Fifth Element flying cars with these. But that was before I read how much they were. They are perfect for that Hoverboard though. Great job.
     
  16. howlingwind13

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    I was also playing with this idea, about a year ago. But the magnet prices drove me away, I searched and searched and couldn't find an alternative.
    Looks very cool, nice job.
    mike
     
  17. proptronix

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    That is a bit expensive, but it looks awesome!
     
  18. Dondula7

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    It's funny you bring up the globe, there was a researcher in France I believe who I got in touch with that developed a more pro model of that same concept, that could levitate a 6 pound object 3-4in above the platform. These were about $300 a piece, but became uncalibrated during shipping and were way too sensitive. Locking the magnet in to position was also very difficult and required a lot of practice. If orbit was disrupted, the magnet would fall to the base with such force that it shattered through the thick metal. These bases were also not low profile and had a much more industrial look. I was originally thinking about going with what you posted because the price was so inexpenive, but in the end i needed something that could handle the weight and the height I wanted it to float. You can look through the labs videos on their youtube channel here to see what they came up with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTerS_OcXf4&feature=channel

    I had purchased my units when the company was still developing them, and this set was made custom for me. They don't mass produce these, i'm guessing thats why it was so expensive. Also the technology behind it for the size is incredible. The company is still trying to figure out other applications for these devices, right now they are mainly used for creative display purposes.

    Anyway thank you guys for all the lovely comments and ideas!
     
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  19. Gigatron

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    Great job, Dondula :thumbsup. After seeing those first pictures, I was considering revisting my Training Remote display. Right now, it only sorta, kinda hovers. I have magnets in a top mounted unit, and the TR is tethered to the bottom.

    But then I saw the price (not to mention the lack of availability) and decided my display is just fine :lol.








    Be careful if you go this route. These magnetic displays are precisely calibrated for the weight of the object that it is levitating. If you do build a deathstar, realize that it has to be within hundredths of an ounce, for it to work. The slightest weight variance, in either direction, throws these things, all out of balance.

    -Fred
     
  20. deadbolt

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    Very cool! I remember seeing those magnets about a year ago and thought they'd be great for the very same thing. :thumbsup

    What I wanted to try at some point, which I though was very appropriate for the Mattel hoverboard as well, was make the base so the board looks like it's hovering over water. Real water would obviously be too troublesome, but maybe a thick sheet of clear resin cast to look like water would pull off the look. Maybe even with round water ripples under each magnet.

    Now that would be super cool to see! :love


    -Carson
     
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    People have made electromagnetic deviation devices as hobby projects, but it isn't terribly straightforward. Each device involves a cluster of electromagnets (commonly four) and hall-effect sensors set up to provide feedback such that when the floating magnet approaches, power is increased to the appropriate coil. The simplicity of concept and low parts count belie the twitchiness of the things, though. They're seriously hard work to set up and keep working, and are prone to sudden and sometimes quite violent departures from controlled flight.

    -HF
     
  23. Dondula7

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    This is extreemly true, and was the case with the first units I tried. Wasted a bunch of money in trial and error and ended up breaking my first solution. These new devices however after some work on them ended being a much easier solution to deal with. This isn't something I would keep on all the time but is very cool for when people come by. I have a 80's style game room I've been working on, on one of the levels of my new home and I'd like to setup my bttf props in a creative way. I actually just got done filming my second show for HGTV called house hunters. I'll let you guys know when it airs, I got them to film the board in action, just hope it makes the final cut. Here are a few pics of the gameroom so far
     
  24. ARKM

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    Awesome game room.
     
  25. jdraimer

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    Haha. The pay phone is a nice touch.
     
  26. dhennick99

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    Very cool idea! Does anyone know of any glass or transparent plastics that the board could be mounted on for display?
     
  27. Dondula7

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    Thank you sir, been a childhood dream to have an arcade room in my home. So it was the very first thing I worked on as soon as I moved in.
     
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    Love the "live nudes" neon sign :)
     
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    Build the magnets into a pavement setting ( slabs ) and paint them to match.

    Fantastic prop. Well done.:thumbsup
     
  32. Dondula7

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  33. PropsGallore

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    i think you owe you're brother a thank you as well since I did help you get these units into the USA.. just sayin. joint effort.

    Dont make me post our original video of these in the testing days!
     
  34. ComedicHistory

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    F*ck that's so cool.
     
  35. tripoli

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    That is awesome to see, great project!
     
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  37. tubachris85x

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    Why don't you make like a fictional "mattel hover board" advertisement display type base, like something you'd see in a store if were a real for sale type item. Have the magnet bases embeded into a flat display to make it look like it's just "hovering" there entirely on it's own

    IDK, that'd be something I'd want to do. Great work, wish I could do this!!
     
  38. PropsGallore

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    it is very sharp.
     
  39. steveo3002

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    yeah a scale mattel carboard box with a open lid would make a good display , magents hidden away in the bottom
     
  40. jedimarkj

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    That is quite ingenious!!
    Very cool!
     
  41. Dondula7

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    You're right, a special thanks goes out to PropsGallore (with 2 L's I see) for assisting me with the legal end of getting the hardware imported to the states. Now stop blackmailing me :love
     
  42. Dondula7

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    That's cool, never thought magnets could make stuff look so good.

    Great idea I actually saw this on ebay last week which would be perfect for that BACK TO THE FUTURE 2015 HOVERBOARD BOX PROP UNSEEN CYBER MONDAY!!! L@@K!!! | eBay
     
  43. PropsGallore

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    Thanks for that .. mother asked if you're going to make it for dinner tomorrow?

    btw, what does DonDula mean?:lol
     
  44. mattevans

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    So, where exactly should I go to buy these magnets? Checked ebay and googled it but no luck.
     
  45. GeneralFROSTY

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    Awesome. Perhaps one day we will all get the real thing.
     
  46. DL4567

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    Hey Dondula7! Just saw your episode of House Hunters! Blew my mind when I realized it, which was at the very end, when I saw the finished game room. No surprise the hoverboard didn't make the cut.... too bad the editors don't share our priorities, haha. But anyway, that was really cool to experience recognizing someone (or pics of their stuff, rather) from a forum on TV, since as far as I was concerned at the beginning, it was "just another episode" of House Hunters. Had no idea it would be this one.

    BTW, you picked the best house of the three. :thumbsup
     
  47. Dondula7

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    LOL, I can't believe you caught the episode and remembered my pictures that's too funny. Yeah I didn't even know they were replaying it last night till a bunch of people messaged me. It was an interesting experience filming that to say the least and even though they made me look like the pickiest guy ever it was still fun to watch. I just filmed another show for HGTV in Feb so look for that in a couple months, its gonna be a new House Hunters spin off, which will revisit my home showing everything i've done since I moved in, so we'll see what they leave in this time. I had so much great stuff hanging up in the game room, but they can't show anything with a brand name or a pop culture reference so thats pretty lame.
    Finally bit the bullet and picked up offical mags from ebay last night, (after selling off a butt load of other stuff) so I want to incorporate those in to the hoverboard display too. Anyway i'm glad you got to see the show, i'll let you know when the next one airs.

    -Brandon
     
  48. mattevans

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    Dondula, can you plese direct me to where you got the magnets from? I love the display and would like to make one too.
     
  49. Dondula7

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    Crealev Magnetic Levitation Technology
    I would just do one base though in the center of the board, you will save yourself a lot of trouble, time and money, two bases is just not stable for that long. When I bought them they were around $650 US each
     
  50. mattevans

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    Thank you!!
     

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