Everyone knows that skateboards have wheels and they might have guessed that hover boards will not need wheels; or will they? If you can build a hover board with wheels then that will make it easier for landing, but it will not make it very aerodynamic and it also adds weight. If something is to fly it is important that it is as light as possible. source is one of the authority sites on this topic.
If a hover board loses its air underneath or its ground cushion it will settle back to Earth and then when it touches the ground too fast and goes through the ground cushion then the rider will be stopped as if he hit a rock on the sidewalk that stopped his wheels. This will deject the rider and might cause injury or worse hurt the rider’s pride. Generally skateboard riders have the agility to keep from injury due to minor stoppages.
So the question is should hover boards of the future have wheels or should they have no wheels? The question is simple enough and yet the designers of the hover boards of the future will have to decide whether to put wheels on.
Due to the adoption process of those who were engage in early technologies it might be wise to have wheels on the first hover boards and sell people the ease of the transition. Although in doing so (adding wheels to the first production) performance will be lost on the hover board and decrease the potential excitement for the rider.
This might cause a backlash against the new technology of the hover board and prevent it from attaining the attrition rate needed with new trends and technologies. The smaller the hover board the more agile it will be and the more fun to ride.
It makes sense if we are to introduce hover boards into the skateboard market that we must completely consider the “WOW” factor for the rider if we wish them to ditch their current wooden skateboard for this new technology. Also let us consider snowboarding versus skiing and how the snowboarding trend eventually overtook skiing and revolutionized the sport.