It's been the dream of every kid who saw Back To The Future Part II in 1989. We thought they were real. Even director Robert Zemeckis joked in a behind-the-scenes interview that the hoverboards seen in the film were a reality — the government just wouldn't let them be released.
For years, we waited, and waited....and waited. No hoverboards. Funny Or Die even had to apologize earlier this year after a video featuring Christopher Lloyd got all of our hopes up...again.
But, a new video from Hendo Hover suggests that the long wait may finally be coming to an end.
Greg and Jill Henderson claim to have developed the technology to develop a single-person hovering transport unit. (I made that term up. It's a hoverboard!)
Their Kickstarter needs to reach a goal of $250,000, but the prototypes, as shown in the above video, exist.
In a sign that it might be time to take the hover-claims seriously, Conor Dougherty from The New York Times checked out Hendo's lab and watched another reporter try out the board.
On a recent visit the couple allowed a reporter to stand atop a noisy magnetic skateboard that can float above a copper surface.
It hovers about an inch above the ground. But when the 190-pound visitor stood atop the 100-pound board, one gentle push was enough to send him spinning across the room over a cushion of air.
It may be just an accident, but one year from today is the actual day that Marty McFly arrives in the future: October 21, 2015. (Yes, that is the actual day.)
Hendo readily admits that their hoverboards aren't quite yet like the ones seen in the film. The hover technology only works over "non-ferromagnetic conductors," which includes only certain kinds of metals. You wouldn't be able to take this thing on the street, and certainly not over water.
Regardless, this latest piece of news, and the fact that Hendo has already raised over $36,000 through their Kickstarter, keeps hopes alive that 33-year-old me may actually get to ride a hoverboard in 2015.