Whenever I’m channel surfing on a boring Monday night and land on ‘Back To The Future’, I just put the remote down without even thinking. It’s a brilliant film with oodles of complexity and a tight hold on one of Hollywood’s various ideas on time travel. I don’t think we’ll ever navigate the past or the future, but there’s a good chance that some of the movie’s technology could come to fruition. Take hoverboards, for instance. In the movie’s somewhat inferior sequel, protagonist Marty McFly zips from 1985 into 2015 and experiences his first encounter with the floating device. Director Robert Zemeckis lied in an interview, saying the contraption was real. But we told science that, according to the movie, they have until 2015 to make that shit happen. Did they or didn’t they? You be the judge.

We want hoverboards so bad that we’ll even “do a Zemeckis” and deceive the world about them. Remember awhile back when Tony Hawk made a video filled with special effects wizardry, making some idiots believe the damn things actually existed? Even Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd was in on the farce. I’m still expecting an apology from him, but at least Hawk came clean. Good God, why do we lie about hoverboards so much?? With 2015 looming over us like Griff Tannen on hydrolic legs, could we be just on the verge of that miraculous tech? Can the lies finally end? Some say it will never happen. Others like The Verge say it’s here.

I don’t know if Hendo Hover went around offering testing sessions to various news outlets, but a couple of the articles I’ve read title “I Rode A Real Hoverboard” or some like headline. The Verge did it. Endgadget did it. It makes me feel like the minds behind it all permitted selective special access with the addendum that chosen ones preface their articles with calling it “real.” And it is real, in a way. It’s a board that hovers. The planned purpose of the tech is to keep buildings safe from earthquakes and floods, presumably offering a floating foundation for increased support. These hoverboard models are merely prototypes for that implied science, and their Kickstarter campaign just launched today. You can get one for $10,000. Here’s more about their invention from the crowdfunding site:

“While our hoverboard is primarily intended to be self-propelled, the actions which stabilize it can also be used to drive it forward by altering the projected force on the surface below.

Currently, this surface needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor.  Right now we use commonly available metals in a simple sheets, but we are working on new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs.”

And it’ll work as long as you have the right floor to surf on. With the magnetic rail concept providing the operation of this sucker, unless you have a home, giant room, or open space lined with the proper metal flooring, you just took a dump on 10 grand. Do we really want these things so badly that we’ll put up with just about anything that comes close? Let’s just face it, unless we find a way to cultivate the right circumstances for real, live, actual ‘Back To The Future’ hoverboarding, we’re just compromising for the sake of compromising.

Because, quite frankly, I don’t need to hover on a board anymore. I’m not getting any younger and science has failed me before. If we don’t get deep space travel in my lifetime, science will have failed me again. Sure, we’ve had awesome advances in the last forty or fifty years. Our smart phones are more awesome than that ship we sent to the moon back in the 60’s. We pretty much shot those guys up there in a goddam calculator. That being said, it’s not inconceivable that hoverboards (how we remember them) will find their way to us eventually.


But this isn’t it. But at least it’s not another lie.

Via – Kickstarter

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