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Hoverboard Here? New Futuristic Device Has Kickstarter Campaign

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 06:31 PM

Is the hoverboard finally here? A California startup is launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring Marty McFly’s hoverboard from big-screen fantasy to skateboard reality.

Greg and Jill Henderson of Los Gatos in Northern California tell The New York Times they have the technology lined up to create a floating hoverboard device like the one McFly rides when he travels from 1985 to 2015 in the 1989 movie "Back To The Future II."

The Hendo Hoverboard, engineered by the Hendersons, is in early stage development. It’s a noisy, 100-pound skateboard that hovers about an inch above a copper surface. The Times reporter testing out the hoverboard said he felt a little bit of air but nothing close to flying when he attempted to use the skateboard-like device.

Greg Henderson said it’s a technology in its infancy and compared it to the Model T. He wants to to secure funding to perfect the flying skateboard, but his big vision is to use the technology to create buildings that would be aerodynamically cushioned from the impact of earthquakes.

The Hendo Hoverboard is merely a jumping off point, but if early support for the Kickstarter campaign is any indication, there’s an appetite for the technology. The campaign launched Tuesday, and by 2 p.m. Pacific time, the project had 530 backers with about $119,000 pledged toward a $250,000 goal.

The Hendersons aren’t alone in their pursuit of McFly-like hoverboard. The Times reports Google X research engineer Rich DeVaul and Google mathematician Dan Piponi tried to invent a hoverboard but didn’t get very far. Applications for the technology beyond awesome skateboards, they admitted, might be a stumbling block for future development.

Earlier this year, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk got caught up in a hoverboard controversy after appearing in a Funny or Die video with Christopher Lloyd announcing that hoverboard technology had finally arrived. Many believed the video was true.

Hawk later apologized in a YouTube video after the floating skateboard video went viral, saying he thought it would be obvious the hoverboard was a fake.

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