Robert Bigler's Hoverboard is a one-wheeled gyroscopic skateboard

A Silicon Valley inventor has created a vehicle that looks like a skateboard balanced on a single wheel, and allows users to “surf on land”

Robotics expert Robert Bigler designed the Hoverboard to transport individual users at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

Although it is named Hoverboard, the device does not levitate like other designs released to coincide with 21 October 2015 – the date travelled to in sci-fi movie Back to the Future II, when character Marty McFly uses a hoverboard to get around.

These include the Hendo 2 and the Lexus Hoverboard, both of which use magnetic fields to move without touching the ground.

Bigler’s product instead relies of gyroscopic technology, also found in personal vehicles like Segways.

“I dreamt of a personal electric vehicle that would produce the sensation of surfing on land,” said Bigler.

Leaning forward causes the Hoverboard to accelerate, and leaning back causes it to decelerate, or go the other direction.

Its 25.4-centimetre-diameter wheel is located in the centre of the deck and is powered by a single electric motor that provides up to 5,000 watts.

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