Hover Boards, Skateboards and Wheels Without Friction
Wheels have always been an integral part of skateboarding and yet this is all about to change as the era of the Hoverboard is ushered in. Remember wheels on the ground cause friction and that means slower boards. The whole idea of the hoverboard is to reduce friction and increase speed like a hockey puck on an air-hockey table. When wheels are involved the boards are slower and will be much less maneuverable and of course this directly corresponds with a decrease in the fun factor.If you will recall in the Hollywood Movie “Back to The Future II” there were no wheels on the hoverboards and you can see the increased exhilaration that the rider experienced. Of course as skateboards turn to hover boards in the interim skateboards will most likely do some of both; that is to say they will be more like Hover Board Combos.
For a full transition of hoverboard to hover boards we must ditch the wheels, but this will not be as easy as it sounds. Indeed, we may even see frictionless wheels without bearings which will really increase the speed and performance of skateboards. Magnetic wheels if introduced before Hoverboards may lengthen the time to full adoption of hoverboards by as much as a decade. This is because something as revolutionary as frictionless wheels will give the skateboard new life blood to keep the industry sector going with increased sales, sponsorship and marketing dollars.
Any leap-frog technologies will then need to out perform the new skateboards with magnetic friction-less wheels by quite a bit to cause consumer migration to those new technologies. Still the first hoverboards for the skateboard market will most likely have to incorporate the friction-less wheels if they become available prior to wide spread hoverboard use. Therefore it appears that although these two technologies are diametrically opposed and competing, they also can compliment each other.
For instance let’s say that magnetic wheels are introduced into the Skateboard Market in six months; this will cause a new rotation upswing in the decade long skateboard market sector. Therefore the perfect time to introduce the new hoverboards of carbon nano-tube construction will be at the top of that natural product cycle and industry sub-sector top and begin a new product cycle in an already hyper-invigorated market segment.