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RC Surf/Skate Board a Hint of Future Sport?

This is the Cyber Surfer R/C Spaceboard:


Controlled with a 27 MHz remote control, the Cyber Surfer hovers, moves left, right, and forward, and can spin 360º.



As you can see, the Cyber Surfer can be safely flown indoors thanks to precise throttle and trim settings....  But I suspect it could take out a lamp or two if you're not careful.  If you're flying it outdoors, keep in mind that there is a 66' flight range for the remote control, so don't let it get away from you!

This is a battery-life chewing toy (though the rechargeable battery and AC adapter are included) and the operating time of 15 minutes is a bit of a let down after 70 minutes of charge time.



Though this thing is just a toy, I prefer to look at it as a glimpse into the future.  With Xtreme Sports becoming so popular, we have only to wait for technology to catch up a bit before some death-daring individual builds a life-sized version of the Cyber Surfer and (after possibly losing a hand due to the giant fan blades needed to hover) begins jumping things with it.  Or terrifying herds of cows... or something equally crazy.

I, for one, look forward to that day.  Until then we'll all just have to make do with this... prototype.  Yeah, that's it.  Not a toy.  A prototype...

You can zoom a little guy around on a hovering board by grabbing your very own Cyber Surfer at Hammacher Schemmer!

UPDATE: This item is no longer available. You can see other great radio controlled toys here

Comments
Dec 11, 2009
by Anonymous

Imagine IF fullsize, wow

Some radical New sport for sure.

The pilot would have to have some handrail, hand holds & then steer with joystick or foot pedals.

Way cool.

Modify for surfing.

Hover races.

Skate & Hover.

Problem:

unit costs.
Training time
coordination for natural IF needed
to service
repair
insurance IE like motorbike?
accidents?

Otherwise Neat.

Mount TV -webcam for overterrain exploration

Other apps:

Search Rescue
Surveying
Science studies
Firefighting
Sports
tourisim
PD SWAT Use
US Defense?

Dec 13, 2009
by John P. Barker
John P. Barker's picture

I like the hand rail idea...

...and training & repair would open up a mess of jobs...

Thanks for the ideas--love it when you chime in!