We know you’ve been burned before. People claiming to have invented hoverboards like those featured in Back to the Future is a frequent (and cruel) hoax. But this might be the real deal.
A husband and wife team in California claim to have invented a magnetic skateboard that can skit 1 inch above a copper surface. It weighs 100 pounds, is incredibly noisy and the battery only lasts a few minutes, but it’s as close as you’re going to get to a real life hoverboard without travelling forward in time to 2015.
Greg and Jill Henderson call it the ‘Hendo Hoverboard’, for obvious reasons, and seem to be avoiding direct reference to Marty McFly and his adventures in time. As their Kickstarter page puts it: “Yep, there was a movie. However, our attorneys have told us not to go there.”
They’re aiming to raise $250,000 in order to bring the floating fantasy to a wider market. Backers who pledge $10,000 or more will get their very own Hendo Hoverboard (estimated delivery: October 2015). The couple are also selling smaller white box ‘hover engines’ for levitating smaller objects, like kittens or toys or pints of beer.
It’s a lot of money for a board that only works on an all-copper pavement, but hey: where we’re going, we don’t need skate parks.