• The “Back to the Future” Hoverboard is Finally Here…Sort Of

    It’s been promised by many hopeful inventors ever since Back to the Future Part II debuted in 1989, but sadly, it has never come to fruition. I speak of the infamous hoverboard. When the film first hit theaters, fans had one question above all else: was that thing real? The producers of the movie had a good laugh about it, as they actually managed to convince a good amount of folks that hoverboards were a legit technology. Since then, there have been a number of attempts at creating one…and an equal number of new hoaxes springing up every few years about having invented it. The most famous of those hoaxes was the one perpetrated by skater Tony Hawk, musician Moby, and Christopher “Doc Brown” Lloyd himself earlier this year. Apparently, the fact that it was a “Funny or Die” video wasn’t enough to deter the wishful fans who jumped to proclaim its authenticity.

    But now, in the same month that saw the official announcement of a flying car, the hoverboard has finally arrived in the form of a Kickstarter campaign.

    The Kickstarter page shows the $250,000 goal nearly reached, with the campaign ending on December 15th. Some of the pledge incentives include $100 for a five-minute ride to $1,000 for an hour-long private coaching session. If you’re willing to pony up 10 grand, you can buy a board of your own, which will have a delivery date of 10/21/2015, aka the precise day Marty McFly first arrives in the future.

    Here’s the catch: it doesn’t work all that great right now. Named “The Hendo,” this board does indeed hover…but for only a few minutes before the battery dies. It also emits a horrible screeching sound and only functions properly on a special metallic surface. In addition, it’s a bit difficult to ride. Other than that, it is technically a hoverboard, so I guess that’s a win. Hey, at least it isn’t pink.

    Here’s The Hendo in action:

    The New York Times explains that “The business plan is to develop magnetic technologies and license patents to builders, engineering firms, the Green Goblin and anyone else who might need to hover something.” Essentially, Arx Pax — the company developing The Hendo — is using this as a publicity stunt. Their actual goal lies in building foundation systems to prevent earthquake damage. Darn.

    So, don’t expect to fly over city streets and bodies of water anytime soon. The Hendo clearly has a long way to go. The real question is whether Arx Pax has the willpower to keep perfecting it, so that we might see the “Pit Bull” someday. In the meantime, there’s always the movies…

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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