Picture this: The year is 2015 and, unlike we were told in Back to the Future II, hoverboards still don't exist. Former fans of the series feel betrayed. Children are weeping in the streets over these hollow promises. Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox can't go out in public anymore out of fear. Life is awful.
This is what is going to happen if we all don't take out our wallets right now and donate to the California startup's Hendo Hoverboard's Kickstarter campaign.
Okay, so maybe I have a flair for drama. But can you really blame me? For the first time in my life, as far as I know at least, real hoverboards are within our reach (*cough* for $10,000 *cough*)! Oh, what a glorious time to be alive! Check out this footage of the hoverboard in action:
This technology is incredible. Apparently it's been around for years, we just haven't been utilizing it.
The Hendo hoverboard works because largely because of its four disc-shaped hover engines. These engines create a magnetic field which allows the board to lift about one inch off the ground. One inch might not seem impressive when compared to Griff's Pitbull, but it's more than we were hovering before!
The catch is that, much like the hoverboards in Back to the Future II, they don't work on all surfaces. At the moment, Hendo's hoverboards only work on non-ferromagnetic conductors such as sheet metal. While we're getting close to bridging this gap between cinematic fiction and reality, there might still be a bit of this going on...
I'm thinking we should just make all surfaces into these conductors so that we can hover everywhere. Not everyone has to, but I can guarantee you that my house will be entirely hover-friendly. Where we're going, we won't need wheels.
At the moment there are only so many Hendo Hoverboards available and as I mentioned before, they'll cost you a pretty penny (or a million pennies, regardless of prettiness). But let's not forget that these boards are still in the very early stages. I'm hoping that after a few years of tests, trials, and redesigns, these bad boys will be available for everyone. I don't know about you but I can imagine about a hundred other practical uses for a hoverboard, so I'm already thinking it'll be worth the money.
So, if you're reading this and you have some seriously deep pockets, or even if you don't, please consider donating to this so that we can all finally ride around on freakin' hoverboards! Think of the children!
Oh, and just in case anyone forgot. By this time next year we have to start dressing like this.
I believe that together we can make this happen.