This is a hoverboard that really works

by Mark R

Hopefully, you remember the most recent flying car that we reported on, the YEE. I believe that I mentioned how it is almost 2015, and we don’t have all of the cool stuff shown us in Back to the Future II.

Flying cars is just one example, and the other is hoverboards. I once heard that before the successful film sequel was released, there was an attempt to start a rumor saying that hoverboards were real, and that the only reason why they weren’t on the market was because too many parents’ rights groups complained.

According to the Back to the Future DVD 3-disk collection, hoverboards are not real, until now, at least. A French artist named Nils Guadagnin has made one, and it uses an electromagnetic system to levitate the board itself and then lasers to stabilize it.

Unfortunately, the hoverboard won’t support a human being’s weight as yet. Hopefully this is one technologies that will be improved. I noticed that the artist gave the hoverboard a pink coating. He clearly wants Mattel to pick this up and market it to little girls, like the one in Back to the Future II. Yes, I’m looking forward to a hoverboard in the near future, and who knows, maybe using my foot to propel it will actually work.


6 reviews or comments

Adam Says: May 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

If it runs on electromagnetism then couldn’t you only use it on metal surfaces or even only surfaces with an opposite polarity? I hate to burst bubbles but last time I checked only the hover train tracks in Japan would be suitable for hoverboarding of this kind.

Adam Says: May 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

Another thing I thought of is say your going down a mountain pass with this board (I totally would!). When you hit a tight hairpin or banked corner then you might have the board going in all sorts of positions as well as doing tricks. The board needs to be able to hover even while the bottom is not facing the ground or nobody could make hard turns. The central processing unit for the laser stabilization system would have to be quite a gem of tech itself before the rest could even be thought out.

hukiworld Says: May 30, 2010 at 6:41 am

Adam is correct… Our current roads would all have to be replaced or given a metallic coating to make such a gadget even remotely work. I do see this as a practical application for amusement parks but as for kids playing in the streets, um no unless as I mention, the city plans of recoating every road with metallic coating to the electromagnetic system even work on such a board.

As for supporting the weight, that really should be a problem as long as the stabilizing lasers are adjusted for heavy overhaul.

desktoparchitecture Says: May 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

When I took an extended look at this “Hoverboard” and the electromagnatism technology I did not see only the “Skateboard. I saw what could be a stabalizatiob systen superior to that of both comperssed air and hydro (liquid) compression truck and auto suspentionsystems. With this technology in place the traveler or cargo would be able to be transported without the anouying (and noisy) shock absorber ride.

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malcolm Says: February 16, 2014 at 5:31 am

I’m still waiting on my bonifide hoverboard. I want the one that floats above the street and hovers over thin air. This one is a start, but I believe we need to make use of more phenomena to make the hoverboard actually work.

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