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Back To The Future Hoverboard & Star Wars Landspeeder Now A Reality

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:37


Hover technology is now a reality thanks to Hendo Hoverboards as a Kickstarter has been launched to further progress the tech suggested in Back To The Future and even Star Wars.

The following video even uses a Superman action figure to get the point through that hover technology can be in your own hands.

Fans will recall Michael J. Fox taking to the air by flying on a hoverboard in Back To The Future II in 1989.

Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, now makes every kid's dream who saw Back To The Future a reality.

To date, the prototype stands one inch off the ground, with the experience described as "bouncing on air" as you step on to the frictionless device.

How the Hendo Hoverboard works is that there are four disc-shaped hover engines that create a special magnetic field which pushes against itself, generating the lift levitating the board off the ground. There is one caveat in that since it's magnet-based, the ground underneath must be a "non-ferromagnetic conductor," such as common metals formed into sheets.

What's cool about this particular Kickstarter is that anyone can get not only a hoverboard for themselves ($10,000), but also a development kit, dubbed The Whitebox, which contains the engine ($899). There are also a bunch of other perks available for donors, as well.

Check out the video for more: