Back to the Future Hoverboards are finally here

Hendo Hoverboards has just put up a Kickstarter campaign for the world’s first hoverboard. That’s right folks, the hoverboard is finally here.

According to the Movie Back to the Future II, Marty McFly will be arriving in the future (soon to be our present) in October 21, 2015. Nike has already released the Nike Mag shoe and all that’s left for Marty’s famous hoverboard scene is the hoverboard itself. With the Hendo Kickstarter campaign, they just might make it in time.

Hendo Hoverboard in action. Image: Hendo Hoverboard

Hendo Hoverboard in action. Image: Hendo Hoverboard

While the hoverboard does indeed work, it is still a long way from the actual hoverboards shown in the movie in terms of speed and functionality. Moreover, the board also works using electromagnetic fields similar to the technology used in hovertrains. This means that in order for the board to work, you would need a track or surface coated with copper, aluminum or some other non-ferrous metal. “The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines,” says the Hendo Kickstarter Page. “These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.”

Hendo plans on building special hoverparks for future hendo owners. Image: Hendo

Hendo plans on building special hoverparks for future hendo owners. Image: Hendo

Bummer because we might never get to see a hoverboard chase scene over water but hey, progress is progress. Aside from the obvious technical problems in the current version of the board, this floating gizmo will also set you back $10,000. However, Hendo is offering several Kickstarter goals that will allow people to spend some time riding the hoverboard prototype. For people willing to pitch in $100, the company will allow each backer to ride the hoverboard for 5 minutes. For an entire hour, expect to shell out around $1,000. If you happen to have $10,000 lying around, you can take one home by October 21, 2015 (coincidental date? We think not).

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