No. 37

Did You Think Marty McFly’s Hoverboard Could Become Reality?

In 1989, ‘Back to The Future 2’ was released and lead character Marty McFly travelled from 1985 to 21 October 2015.

One of the most memorable futuristic gadgets from the film was Marty’s hoverboard. Director Robert Zemeckis said during an interview for the film’s behind the scenes feature that the hoverboards were real but hadn’t been put on general release yet due to parents’ complaints about safety. Clearly, this was a hoax and a bit of fun for the team on the film.

Now that 21 October 2015 is only a year away, could the hoverboard become a reality? Several budding inventors, including top engineers at Google, have had a go at making it work for the last 25 years. One pair of determined inventors has poured their life savings into hover technology and even have a copper halfpipe in their studio.

Jill and Greg Henderson from Northern California admit they’re using the hoverboard technology as a publicity stunt as their main message is not about the hoverboard itself but about the technology behind it and using it for building foundations to help when earthquakes hit.

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