Greg Henderson (inventor)

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Greg Henderson (born 1965) is co-founder and chief executive officer of Arx Pax Labs, Inc. A graduate of West Point and UC Berkeley (with a Master's in Architecture),[1] he is a licensed architect, a builder, and an inventor. He holds over ten patents,[2] including Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology[3] used to levitate[4] Arx Pax's Hendo Hoverboard, and a three-part foundation system for safer building in flood zones and coastal areas,[5] which is the basis for Arx Pax's SAFE Building System.[6]

In 2016, Greg spoke at the United Nations World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WSIE) where he discussed designing/retrofitting built environments to prepare for and manage catastrophe in disaster-prone areas.[7] His article on this topic, "Earthquakes and hand grenades,"[8] was published in TechCrunch earlier in the year.


Henderson has been granted 14 patents [9] as part of his plan to develop an alternative building system method for flood and earthquake zones, initially referring to it as structural isolation. While the traditional foundational building system for earthquakes, base isolation, relies on isolation units to decouple a building from its structure, structural isolation protects an entire structure by floating it on a "buffer medium" that absorbs all seismic shocks.[10]

Henderson and his team explored the concept of using magnetic levitation as the buffer medium for his three-part foundation in the patent. This experiment led Henderson to coin the term "Magnetic Field Architecture" or MFA and to eventually patent and launch a fully functional hoverboard, whose first design was revealed on Kickstarter in October 2014.[11]

To prove the technology could work in real-life applications, and to draw attention to real-world problems, Greg introduced the Hendo Hoverboard as a platform to discuss better ways to build in harmony with natural forces.[12] The Arx Pax Self Adjusting Floating Environment (SAFE) building system is a low-impact method of protecting buildings and communities from earthquakes, floods and rising sea levels. Henderson announced the SAFE Building System in December 2016 as a sustainable way to build in flood zones and coastal areas by designing foundations to float buildings, roadways, and utilities in as little as a few feet of water.[13]


  1. Alumni Corner: Cal Author, Producer and a Hoverboard Inventor | Berkeley Graduate Division
  2. "Results of Search in US Patent Collection db for: "arx pax"". Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  3. Lavelle, Marianne (23 December 2014). "Four 2015 Energy Ideas 'Back to the Future' Got (Almost) Right". National Geographic. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  4. Allain, Rhett (24 October 2014). "The Physics of the Hendo Hoverboard". Wired (Condé Nast). Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  5. Lowensohn, Josh (21 October 2014). "I rode a hoverboard designed to save buildings from earthquakes and floods". The Verge (Vox Media). Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  6. Wachs, Audrey (31 October 2016). "This company is designing floating buildings to combat climate change disasters". The Architect's Newspaper (The Architect's Newspaper, LLC). Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  7. Henderson, Greg. "Honored to present our Global Solutions for Floods & Rising Sea Levels at the United Nations.". Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  8. "Earthquakes and hand grenades". Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  9. "Results of Search in US Patent Collection db for: "arx pax"". Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  10. Wood, Chris. "Builders battle extreme weather with next-level construction tech". Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  11. "World's First Real Hoverboard". Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  12. Bromwich, Jonah; Victor, Daniel. "Why a ‘Back to the Future’ Hoverboard Never Took Off". Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  13. "Greg Henderson Biography". Retrieved 27 January 2017.