I know what you’re thinking: “No way!” Well, it’s true. The coolest toy (other than those cool self-lacing Nike sneakers) from everyone’s favorite time travel film is now closer than ever to being in your garage. A company named Hendo just recently released a video demonstrating their new Back To The Future inspired hoverboard. Not only did they make it a reality, but they’re now kickstarting the project in hopes of reaching a mass production level.
Here’s a statement from Hendo about the project:
“So where does the Hendo hoverboard stand today? Well, about 1 inch off the ground. As you can see from the video above, the prototype is real and it works! But to see it hover in person, and better yet, to defy gravity by riding it, is something you need to experience as well.
With the support of the Kickstarter community, we all can. We need your help to put the finishing touches on the Hendo Hoverboard, to help us produce them, and to create places to ride them.”
Hendo is claiming this is the 18th prototype, which means this thing should be as close to perfect as one could hope for by now. As you can see in the video above, the board can support the weight of an adult human. Pretty cool, right? Well, there is one catch: The hoverboard doesn’t float over just any surface. It requires a metal surface to work its magnetic magic. To compliment this part, the team at Hendo says they plan to build special hoverboard parks for it, optimized for the hoverboard capabilities. They’ve already designed a few concept ideas for the parks as you can see below. The parks are inspired and modeled after a traditional skate park, but with tweaks to make it more fun and fitting for the awesomeness of hovering.
It may still be awhile before we get the satisfaction of riding around the streets of our hometowns on one of these, but you have to admit this is a pretty great start. At this point this seems to be the device’s weakest point: Battery life (other than the requirement for a metal surface) These things consumes power like crazy and batteries can’t really keep up with it. But you know what? It works! So if you’re as excited as we are about this idea head over to the Kickstarter page and learn about how you can fund the project.