We’ve all seen the kinda-sorta hoverboard prototype that Lexus created earlier this year – if for some reason you aren’t familiar, click here to get wise – but now, just a few short days in advance of Back to the Future Day (October 21, 2015, the “future” date that Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to from their home time of 1985, for the record), we’re given a glimpse of an entrepreneuring Canadian who may be able to give us the real deal!
You may not be able to ride one – but at least now you can say it and be grammatically correct. Continuing the love being felt around the world for the Back to the Future trilogy of films in advance of the official “Back to the Future Day” – October 21, 2015, the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in their time-machine DeLorean from 1985, in case you didn’t know – the Oxford English Dictionary recently declared that “hoverboard” is an honest-to-goodness word. Now if only they could get my phone to stop auto-correcting it to “Governor…”
It seems a lot of companies are really trying to make 2015 all that Marty McFly imagined it would be. Along with Nike’s plan to introduce shoes with power laces that tighten automatically (a nod to McFly’s own kicks in the film), Lexus plans to introduce us to the hoverboard. Lexus’s project, Slide, boasts that it has created a real, ride-able hoverboard using magnetic levitation.
Check any “I’m still waiting for this, Science” meme and 99% of the time you’ll see that iconic Hoverboard that saved Marty McFly’s ass throughout the Back to the Future franchise. Everybody wanted one, even those of us that can’t stop falling off regular skateboards and busting our asses on hard concrete.
Director Sydney Freeland has taken that dream and made a short film to celebrate the desire that all Back to the Future fans hold dear to their heart, to hover on their very own Hoverboard. The short is part of the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival and after watching the short you can go vote for it on the PBS site as well as check out the other entries.
We don’t really need to reminisce about how we yearned for the day when we would get to ride our very own Hoverboards from Back to The Future Part II. It’s suffice to say we all wanted one. Well, 80′s enthusiasts… have we got significantly awesome news for you, because the fictional floating board of your dreams is here! Doing the seemingly impossible, YouTuber dondula7 has recreated nerdy of the most extreme order. A real life floating hoverboard that actually works. Well, sorta. Here’s the catch you can’t stand on it (bummer).
The hoverboard “uses a two pairs of electromagnets to float the hoverboard in the air, and laser stabilization to keep it steady.” Although the board does not support the weight of a human, it is strong enough to float up to five pounds.
Sadly we’re not any closer to a floating board that will scoot us to the cafe 80′s, but this is a step in the right direction.
It was only a few short months ago that Nike released the Nike MAG shoes as worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II in a very limited (and pricey run) and then after that news came out that some science nerds were working on’ Quantum Locking‘, that is the technology to make something hover.
You can see where this is going can’t you.
A full 3 years early on the whole 2015 mark from the movie and just in time for Christmas, Mattel announced at the New York Toy Fair over the weekend that that will be releasing a limited run of actually and totally for realsies honest to goodness hoverbaords! (sorta)
Hit the jump to learn more and find out when you can get yours!
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
With the ability to travel through time with the help of his time-travelling DeLorean (or all that coke packed inside), you think Doctor Emmett Brown would have seen this coming. Handheld phones, a world dominated by Apple, those sweet Mattel Toys being made, Doc should be proud of all this progress. Yes, he was wrong about the future but he proved that absent-minded “students of all sciences” still have plenty to learn.
They’d just better have hoverboards by 2015, or many an adult will be crying into their self-drying sleeves.
via: Topless Robot
We don’t really need to reminisce about how we yearned for the day when we would get to ride our very own Hoverboards from Back to The Future Part II. It’s suffice to say we all wanted one. Well, 80’s enthusiasts have we got significantly awesome news for you because the fictional floating board of your dreams is here. Doing the seemingly impossible, french artist Nils Guadagnin has recreated nerdy of the most extreme order. A real life floating hoverboard that actually works. Well, sorta. Here’s the catch you can’t stand on it (bummer).
The board floats through a simple electromagnetism, with laser stabilization system that dynamically adjust the magnets to keep the board a float on it’s display stand. Besides being aesthetically faithful replica of the original prop, there’s not much more to the thing. It’s not functional or intended to be interactive. It’s just art. Really F’N awesome art!
Sadly we’re not any closer to a floating board that will scoot us to the cafe 80’s but this is a step in the right direction.