Fact File about the Invention of the
Hoverboard: Invention: Hoverboard *** Date of Invention: September
18, 2014 *** Name of Inventor: Greg Henderson *** Nationality of Inventor:
American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category:
Transportation *** Country of Origin: United States of America ***
Facts about the Inventor, Greg Henderson, and the invention of the Hoverboard ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Hoverboard? The Hoverboard was invented by
Greg Henderson in September 18, 2014 during the Technology and
Information Age era of inventions and brought a science fiction fantasy
to life by creating a working, hovering skateboard, known as a
Fact 2: Who invented
the Hoverboard? Prior to the invention of the levitating hoverboard
people had been fascinated by the futuristic hovering skateboard that was
used by Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) in the 1989 time travelling
movie 'Back to the Future Part II'.
Fact 3: Who invented the Hoverboard? The special effects team of the
'Back to the Future Part II' movie, headed by Michael Lantieri, created a
crane-suspended camera platform and wire-rigged skateboard to give the
illusion of a 'hoverboard'.
Fact 4: Who invented
the Hoverboard? Kids loved the idea of Marty McFly's hoverboard, the
movie had coincided with massive popularity of fiberglass skateboards and
the growing number of skate parks. It would be over 20 years before science
fiction fantasy would become a reality.
Fact 5: Who invented the Hoverboard? Greg Henderson was raised in
California and his first job was as a framer for a home building
contractor called SR Freeman Construction in Campbell, California. It
was here that Greg Henderson gained practical experience in architecture
assembling the major structural elements of a wood-framed buildings. He
went on to work as a residential designer for Square Three Architecture
in Palo Alto, California.
Fact 6: Who invented the Hoverboard? After graduation from Saratoga
High School in 1984, Greg Henderson enlisted in the US Army and was
assigned to the 7th Infantry and the 101st Airborne Division where he
received a Presidential nomination to the United States Military Academy
at West Point. In 1989 he gained Bachelor of Science degree in
engineering at the military academy.
Fact 7: Who invented the Hoverboard? Greg Henderson was given the
nickname of "Hendo" as an Army Ranger - the name would be later used in
the 'Hendo Hoverboard'.
Fact 8: Who invented the Hoverboard? Greg Henderson undertook
various building projects and in 1997 continued his studies in architecture
at West Valley College, a community college in northern California, part of
Silicon Valley's West Valley.
Fact 9: Who
invented the Hoverboard? Greg Henderson went on to attend the
College of Environmental Design, also known as the Berkeley CED, part of
the University of California, where he earned his Master of Architecture
degree in 2003.
Fact 10: Who invented the Hoverboard? Living in California and as an
architect Greg was acutely aware of earthquakes. Earthquakes in
California are common occurrences because the state is located on the
San Andreas Fault, which forms the tectonic plate boundary between the
Pacific and the North American Plate.
Fact 11: Who invented the Hoverboard? Greg Henderson's goal and
mission in life was to to find a better way to protect buildings against
Fact 12: Who invented the Hoverboard? In 2012 Greg Henderson and his
wife Jill founded Arx Pax Labs, Inc. and developed Magnetic Field
Architecture (MFA) technology to employ electromagnetic fields to raise
a building out of harmís way.
Fact 13: Who invented the Hoverboard? Experiments with Magnetic
Field Architecture (MFA) technology was combined with Maglev
mechanism, used with trains. Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation)
is a method of transportation that uses magnetic levitation to move
vehicles without making contact with the ground.
Fact 14: Who
invented the Hoverboard? Arx Pax used the MFA and Maglev magnetic
levitation technologies to develop an emergency maglev mechanism capable
of separating buildings from the earth to protect them from floods and
Fact 15: Who invented the Hoverboard? Greg Henderson realized that
the same technology could be useful for a variety of applications. Greg
and Jill remembered the impact of Marty McFly's hoverboard and began
experimenting with a prototype that could lift a weight.
Fact 16: Who invented the Hoverboard? Jill Henderson tried the first
prototype and became the first real hoverboard rider in the world. Jill
and Greg realized that such an invention would to call attention to Arx
Pax Labs, Inc. and their vision to create earthquake protected houses.
Fact 17: Who
invented the Hoverboard? On Oct 31, 2013, Greg Henderson filed a
patent application for the magnetic levitation of a moving or stationary
object. He was granted the patent on September 18, 2014, Patent number
Fact 18: Who
invented the Hoverboard? The Hoverboard was launched to the
public on October 21, 2014 and Arx Pax went on to build the Hendo
Fact 19: Who
invented the Hoverboard? The Hendo hoverboard, lifted by a magnetic
field can levitate about an inch from the ground but can only work on
certain surfaces, such as metal floors, that can support the magnetic
Fact 20: Who invented the Hoverboard? The Hendo Hoverboard came
equipped with four electrically charged magnets, or electromagnets,
referred to by Arx Pax as "hover engines".
Fact 21: Who invented the Hoverboard? The Hendo Hoverboard, inspired
by science fiction, has become a reality and we have all literally
gone 'Back to the Future'!