But it’s not just us dreaming of hoverboards. From blokes in sheds, to white-coated boffins, to massive car maufacturers, the inventors of this world are as eager to make (and, let’s face it, sell) hoverboards as we are to ride them.
So, it seems only right and proper that, today of all days – Back To The Future Day no less- we take a look at the many good, bad, and borderline dangerous attempts to invent the first, proper, Back To The Future style hoverboard.
To much fanfare, 2014 saw the birth of the Hendo, what appeared to be the first ever, fully working hoverboard.
Greg Henderson of tech company Arx Pax unveiled a floating board, and the internet lost it’s mind. Handerson took to online crowd funding website Kickstarter in a bit to raise a whopping $250,000 to bring the product to life.
Twelve months, and 3,169 online backers later, the board actually raised a staggering $510,590. Despite this, we’re still yet to see anybody gliding down the pavement on a Hendo.
However, this is probably down to the fact that, inside it’s just a massive magnet (and some other science gubbins) that requires a metal floor to push against to hover. As such, the Hendo is pretty much ruled out of working on just about every street we can think of.