Hoverboards: Your So-Called Sci-Fi Life

Wide-eyed children of the ’80s watched in astonishment as Michael J. Fox (a.k.a. Marty McFly) shredded pavement on a hovering skateboard in Back to the Future Part II. The hoverboard was just like a skateboard, but with one crucial difference: no wheels.

While this highly desirable piece of movie technology seems very plausible, it crushingly remains fiction. I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Thank you for breaking my heart, Michael J. Fox.”

But dry your eyes, sport—hoverboards do exist, sort of.

Hoverboards can be purchased from Future Horizons Inc. This company produces a variety of hand-made or do-it-yourself hoverboard kits.

Another commercially available hovercraft, the Arbortech Industries Airboard, doesn’t resemble a hoverboard at all, but may still be a lot of fun if you don’t mind the expensive price tag.

Luckily, there exists another breed of “experimental” approach that capitalizes on $10 words such as “antigravity,” “ionic field” and “supermega atomic power pack.” HoverTech offers the best of the worst from the fringe science community. The company promises a hoverboard that floats silently at up to a foot above the ground—without the use of fans, jets or any moving parts.

Source:  Popular Mechanics


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