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Will hoverboards be a reality by 2015 ?

Posted on Saturday, 1 June, 2013 | Comment icon 25 comments

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Fans of the 'Back to the Future' movies are looking to the year 2015 for the advent of the hoverboard.

In the movies the future was portrayed as a world dominated by flying cars, self-lacing shoes and skateboards that hover above the ground. While Nike recently revealed an actual pair of self-lacing shoes a couple of years ago, flying cars remain a science fiction staple, at least for now. But what about hoverboards ?

There have been several attempts to build something reminiscent of Marty McFly's flying skateboard. While true anti-gravity is still out of our reach, alternative methods of keeping a device in the air have been considered. In one episode of Mythbusters for example, Jamie Hyneman attempted to build a similar device using a surfboard and a series of leaf blowers pointed at the ground, with limited success.

Other potential hoverboard ideas include the use of magnetism to keep the board above the ground or, more outrageously, strapping a downward facing machine gun to the device so that the force propels it in to the air.

"Randall Munroe, the creator of the webcomic xkcd, also known as "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language", came up with a plan that used physics to make a hoverboard."

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Comment icon #16 Posted by lightly on 2 June, 2013, 17:45
Did you guys read the link? this particular 'hover board' would be powered and propelled by MACHINE GUNS underneath! lol You'd get what? 20,000,000 rounds per mile? * i'd have had her home earlier sir.. but we ran out of ammo . . . I'd love to see air hover boards .. or better yet anti gravity some sort... but can't see it happening by 2015?
Comment icon #17 Posted by seeder on 2 June, 2013, 17:58
Looky what seeders found for you... another REAL working hoverboard that YOU CAN RIDE ON.... albeit you need a superconducting track Video: Supercooled Quantum Levitating Hoverboard Lets Students Glide on Air quote: "You probably saw that super viral quantum locking levitation video that bounced all over the Web last week (though technically it’s been around since summer) in which a team of researchers plays with some liquid nitrogen, a small superconducting disc, and some strange quantum phenomenon that makes the disc hover above a magnet, no strings attached. This week’s ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by sepulchrave on 2 June, 2013, 18:06
I wouldn't say that. A hoverboard that requires an on-board cooling system to operate that can levitate a person half an inch from a track made from expensive rare-earth magnets is neat, but not really practical. A hoverboard that can go anywhere isn't really feasible unless someone can invent an efficient type of antigravity - which I am certain won't happen in the next 20 years (and probably won't happen at all).
Comment icon #19 Posted by seeder on 2 June, 2013, 19:09
The one I posted before that needs no cooling system or didnt you watch it? And its identical in design to the fictional one. sheesh theres no pleasing some is there? remember we are talking about a fictional concept to start with! I also doubt we will ever see the Bruce Willis flying cabs/cars either! One more vid Back to the Future's Hoverboard in Real Life? - Fact or Fictional w/ Veronica Belmont
Comment icon #20 Posted by sepulchrave on 2 June, 2013, 21:19
You posted 4 things... but yes I know what you are talking about. That hoverboard uses alternating magnetic fields and a laser stabilizing system. You can't levitate one permanent magnet off of another without some kind of physical confinement (which obviously limits your motion), so you need to have part (in both the artwork and your most recent post this part is in the ``ground'', not the board) that dynamically alters the magnetic fields to keep the object levitating. The floors need to be very strong electromagnets to hover a person, and more than one board coming close to... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by chopmo on 2 June, 2013, 23:50
That's where the Tony Stark Glove Blasters come into it
Comment icon #22 Posted by psyche101 on 3 June, 2013, 8:13
LOL, everyone seems to have missed that bit. [/indent] n fact this is a tran of the very show I heard.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Junior Chubb on 3 June, 2013, 10:15
Come on Seeder, you know what I meant (the smilie was there to help you out)... If you made a hover car that hit the ground when someone sat it in then it would hardly be a hover car would it? IMO the same applies to a hover board. And as for the dreams of fatties who are better of having to walk in the first place, well the same can be said of skateboards, roller skates, scooters and even bicycles. Fact of the matter is these (and hover boards) need human power to move and can actually help people lose weight, and hey they might even have some fun too. The tech is there for skatebo... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Adam frm manchester uk on 10 June, 2013, 11:08
since I was a child and first saw back to the future 2 I thought magnet technology would be the way forward in making a working hoverboard. Maybe have a hoverboard rink like an ice rink or a roller disco with a magnet floor and polar opposite magnets on the hoverboard. There would just be the issue of safety as if the board flipped and trapped someone or a body part between the hoverboard and the magnetized floor !
Comment icon #25 Posted by seeder on 10 June, 2013, 14:09
You just gave me an idea, what about those steel floors they have in the dodgem rides? They seem to be halfway there and they have the electric thing on the roof

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