Engineer Hideyasu Ito has always been intrigued by hovercrafts, so he used his knowledge of motorcycles and built his own. Rather than use standard engines and a flexible skirt found on standard hovercrafts, he opted for four large inflatable plastic bags connected to a leaf blower.
Gas-powered leaf blowers are typically the noisiest, as they operate at 80 to 90 decibels. This means Ito needs to wear protective ear equipment while testing his hovercraft. For those wondering, this is actually his eighth prototype since starting his journey a decade ago, and this latest iteration was polished enough to showcase at Maker Faire Tokyo 2022. There’s no word yet on when or if we’ll see the final prototype in-action.
- UL 2272 certification ensures Ninebot S meets high standards for fire and electrical safety. The Smart Battery Management System provides reliable battery performance. IP54 waterproof protection ensures operation in various weathers.
- Sturdy & Powerful : Ninebot S is compact, weighting just 28 lbs with a max load of 220 lbs. Thanks to the dual 400W motors, it can easily reach a max speed of 10 mph. A single fully charged battery can run up to 13.7 miles, climbing a max slope of 15°
- Road Adaptive Design : 10.5" pneumatic tires provide a comfortable and smoother ride on bumpy roads. Knee control bar allows for precise steering and easy lifting. Applicable Age 16 – 50 years. Applicable Height - 3.11 – 6.6 Inch.
Maker Faire Tokyo2022では超小型ホバークラフト研究室のブースに多くの方に来ていただきました。会場屋外でデモ走行の様子です。 pic.twitter.com/dP0KAENMOo
— 超小型ホバークラフト研究室 (@microhovercraft) September 5, 2022