It all started when I crashed a DIY quadcopter and wanted to reuse the parts for something fun. This was on a weekend when I had a slight fever, so I had some spare time on my hands … and I had an old dream of building a hovercraft … as makers, you know how it goes!
So I put together some cardboard, trash bags, and electronics, and it just worked. Since then I’ve been refining the design, trying out different things and having lots of fun building hovercraft as big as 1 meter square. I’ve also had help from some awesome Norwegian makers from Makeadrone (makeadrone.net), who immediately started holding workshops building some of my early designs and nudged my company, Strawbees, in the right direction with improvements. Finally, we released it to the market as an educational experiment kit.
The entire idea of our cardboard hovercraft construction is having an easy platform for experimentation. We use a snap-on, snap-off motor system and low-cost materials so you can easily make fast, iterative design changes to the base, skirt, and steering fin. It’s a ton of fun, and hopefully it will help you learn some great product development skills.
And these babies are fast! They hover across land and sea at over 25mph (~40km/h). Create your own spectacular designs, and race them with your friends.
is an engineer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Strawbees, an award-winning prototyping toy for all ages.