Growing up, one of my favourite films was Back to the Future. I’ve watched that film countless times ever since and yet I still haven’t grown tired of it, maybe it’s the nostalgia? It does bring back childhood memories, what kid wouldn’t want to get their hands on a Delorean and time travel?
With the 30th anniversary coming up next year, expectations are high for the hoverboard and self-tying shoelaces to be available by then. The creative team behind the film trilogy envisioned back in 1985 that 30 years later in 2015 technology would have advanced to the point that hoverboards would be possible. In reality it seemed like an impossible dream as many tried and failed to create the hoverboard. It was on every kid’s Christmas list and yet they could never quite grasp it. Many had hoped to create the iconic items in time for 2015, the year they were available in the movie Back to the Future 2.
As fans began to give up hope, at the eleventh hour in swoops the American company Hendo Hover. Hendo Hover have created the world’s first real hoverboard prototype that actually works. In fact it didn’t take long for the first ten Hendo Hover hoverboards to be snapped up as a reward, for $10,000, on their Kickstarter campaign. They will be presented to the lucky owners during Hendo Hover‘s VIP night, which provides an all access pass to lots of hoverboard time on 21st October 2015. They have also successfully reached their funding goal of $250,000 with another 53 days left of the crowdfunding campaign.
At this early stage the Hendo Hover hoverboard can only hover an inch of the ground, it’s a technological achievement in its own right but Hendo Hover don’t plan to stop there. Everyday the team at Hendo Hover is working to improve and perfect the Hoverboard; in fact they have made 18 prototypes since they first started the project.
Not only are they working on the hoverboard, they are creating a functional environment (hoverpark) which the hoverboard will be able to hover on. The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.
The Hendo Hover hoverboard may be limited to work on specific surfaces such as metal but the company has high hopes for the future, they hope one day that their hoverboard will be able to hover over any surface including water. Who knows how much more they can achieve from now until they unleash the Hoverboard to the world on 21st October 2015.
All I have to say is thank you to Jill & Greg (Hendo Hover Founders) and their team for making the hoverboard a reality, I’m definitely putting this on my wish list for Christmas 2015.
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