Ten grand buys a slice of Hyperloop-esque tech

Arx Pax, a tech company based out of Los Gatos, California, has announced the availability of its HE3.0 hover engines, offered as a pair for $9,999. Described as providing “omnidirectional frictionless movement,” the engines can be used for levitation, propulsion, guidance, and braking, all within a single system. In addition to the obvious applications (transportation, entertainment), Arx Pax says the technology could also be used for industrial automation (moving heavy objects), and infrastructure protection in the event of a natural disaster (seismic isolation in an earthquake, elevation during a flood, etc.).

You might remember Arx Pax for its Hendo hoverboard, a self-levitating platform that was the first real showcase of the company’s Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology.

“This is the most efficient way to separate an object from the earth,” Greg Henderson, CEO and co-founder of Arx Pax, told The Verge. “When you have something that actually hovers, it sells itself.”

In addition to the HE3.0 product, Arx Pax is also selling a more accessible version of the tech called the MFA bundle, which includes four downsized HE400 hover engines, four mounting and actuation brackets, four servos, and a system controller. Designed for builders seeking to create scale models of larger hover systems, the MFA bundle is priced at $1,589.

Of course, one of the primary applications for the Arx Pax engine technology is the Hyperloop, a high-speed tube-based transportation system currently in development by several private organizations. SpaceX, the California-based aerospace company headed by Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk, is promoting this development by hosting an open competition to design and build a Hyperloop pod, and according to Arx Pax, several of the competitors have purchased the hover technology for use in Hyperloop pod development.

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Why It Matters

Arx Pax Now Selling Improved Hover Engines
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If you’re a fan of next-generation propulsion systems, the availability of the HE3.0 is very exciting news indeed. It could very well be part of the solution to outdated modes of transport, offering reliable travel across the country at absurdly high speeds.

According to Arx Pax, the HE3.0 was developed from the same MFA tech powering the Hendo hoverboard (that is, one of the few hoverboards that actually, you know, hovers). It works by creating a “primary magnetic field” that electrifies a conductive surface. This surface in turn generates a secondary magnetic field that repels the first, creating lift in the process.

Each HE3.0 engine can levitate up to 60 kg (132 pounds), and measures in at 22 cm (8.7 inches) in diameter.

You can buy both the HE3.0 engine pair and the MFA bundle here.

Once this tech gains momentum, I can’t help but wonder when we’ll see levitating car racing and a hoverboard competition in the X Games.

“Getting our technology in the hands of brilliant people worldwide has been our top priority,” Henderson said in a press release. “There are huge opportunities that lie ahead in a variety of verticals where we are pushing boundaries and defying gravity in the process. I know that with many minds at work thinking of ways to apply our hover technology to real-world challenges, we’ll be able to effect positive change.”

So – what do you want to levitate?

Los Gatos, Calif., June 8, 2016 — Arx Pax, the leader in hover technology, today announced that its first Hover Engine™ designed for high-performance hover applications, the HE3.0, and new Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA™) Bundle are available for purchase. With interest from a range of well-known enterprises and orders filling the queue, Arx Pax has had a busy and successful first half of the year. Not only was the company able to deliver Whiteboxes to its Kickstarter backers starting in April, it also shipped its HE3.0 to Hyperloop Pod Competition teams in May and created an MFA Bundle that allows makers and engineers to easily build systems with hover technology. The technology has also been purchased by early beta customers including Ball Aerospace and Pampa.

“Getting our technology in the hands of brilliant people worldwide has been our top priority,” said Greg Henderson, co-founder and CEO of Arx Pax. “There are huge opportunities that lie ahead in a variety of verticals where we are pushing boundaries and defying gravity in the process. I know that with many minds at work thinking of ways to apply our hover technology to real-world challenges, we’ll be able to effect positive change.”

Whether hover engines are used in entertainment, industrial automation, transportation, or seismic isolation, the benefits of omnidirectional frictionless movement are the same. Some organizations have already begun to leverage Arx Pax’s technology in their current projects. For example, vehicle designers could use the HE3.0 to equip cars and pods with levitation, propulsion, guidance, and braking using a single system.

“Our goal has always been to demonstrate a viable and scalable Hyperloop pod, and MFA will allow us to demonstrate such a system this summer at the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition,” said Brent Lessard, CEO of rLoop, Inc. “The hover engines we’re integrating into our design not only permit us levitation and control over propulsion, braking, and altitude, but we can also perform these operations independent of the Hyperloop tube, opening up a world of opportunities. Together with Arx Pax, we now have the opportunity to revolutionize transportation and bring the world closer together.”

The time is right for disruption in other markets as well. By utilizing hover technology in their designs, community developers and architects could build disaster-resistant structures to provide protection against earthquakes, floods, and sea-level rise; moreover, engineers could create more efficient supply chains to help factory workers move heavy objects around a warehouse with ease.

“We work with leading-edge companies like Tesla, so we’re always on the lookout for new ways to enhance our advanced robotics solutions,” said Armando Rousseau, manager at Pampa Technologies. “We were very impressed by the hover, thrust, and control capabilities built into MFA and have lots of ideas about how to incorporate MFA into our next-generation offerings.

Pricing and Availability

To place an order, simply visit Arx Pax’s website. HE3.0 Hover Engines are being sold for $9,999 a pair, and the MFA Bundle is priced at $1,589.

About Arx Pax
Arx Pax Labs, Inc. is the Silicon Valley technology company that invented the patented Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology—a more efficient way to transmit electromagnetic energy. Strategic applications of MFA technology and the use of its hover engines include structural isolation, recreation and entertainment, industrial automation and transportation. MFA will fundamentally change the way people work, play and live. The initial proof of concept for MFA was the Hendo Hoverboard that launched in October 2014.

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