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Most of us have seen Back to the Future II, the one where 2015 is portrayed as this futuristic world, and everyone is riding a Hoverboard.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the concept of a flying skateboard was introduced to the public, and many Back to the Future fans found themselves counting down the years to see if it would be a reality by the time 2015 hit.
Sadly, there was some disappointment as we’re not all gliding around on a Hoverboard, but they aren’t still a fictional vision either. The Hoverboard is real, and it is here.
What is a Hoverboard?
While the hit Back to the Future film is what brought the Hoverboard to the mainstream and acted as inspiration for so many inventors today, the concept was actually first presented in 1967 by author M.K Joseph, although it was not as popular as the movie version of this futuristic mode of transportation.
Generally speaking, Hoverboards are depicted as a skateboard without wheels, and they are able to levitate and glide without the assistance of things like magnets. During the 90s, there were a number of rumours that claimed Hoverboards were real, but they were hidden from the public because parents felt that they were too dangerous.
Despite these rumours being debunked, many still believe that places like the government are keeping them a secret. If we are looking at the definition of a modern Hoverboard, however, you will find that it is actually quite different. It is defined as a portable device that has two wheels and is powered by electricity.
Its alternative name is a self-balancing scooter, and it is a popular craze amongst the public – something we will look at in more detail later. In many ways, they are like a powered skateboard, and they are powered by a lithium-ion battery that can keep it going for ages.
How Hoverboards Went from Science Fiction to Science Fact
There are actually a number of talented inventors that have tried their hand at creating a Hoverboard that will work the way it is supposed to. One of the most recognisable is the Hendo Hoverboard from Greg Henderson, and this model nearly broke the internet after legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk decided to try it out.
Until that point, many people had been very sceptical as to whether or not the board was actually real. The only issue with this board is that it uses magnets that have been built into it and the surface that it glides over, so it cannot be used freely.
Lexus also created their own version of a Hoverboard, and it also required magnets (as well as a lot of liquid Nitrogen). Henderson’s inspiration for this particular board was not solely based off the cult classic film that introduced them to us, and it, in fact, came to him after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
He wanted to try and find a way to save lives, and the concept of levitating buildings to keep people safe and prevent the amount of damage these natural disasters cause is what led to the board being made. It doesn’t have a great battery life, and there are still a few things to tweak, but it’s an excellent step in the right direction.
One of the companies that we all know is Segway, and they have created their own form of Hoverboard. They have wheels on each end, but they are self-propelled and just require a little bit of balance for you to control them effectively.
They have been around for a couple of years, and they make for a fun and stylish way of getting around, as well as an impressive Hoverboard alternative. They aren’t the boards we expected to have, but they are amazing and have a lot to offer.
Will We all be Using Hoverboards Soon?
In a way, we already are. The Hoverboards created by Segway are in use by the public, and they are widely available at a whole range of prices. There are even models from other companies that have manufactured boards with a similar design and set of capabilities.
You might have seen them used by people commuting to work through busy city streets, or just casually for tricks and playful showing off. However, many countries do have restrictions on Hoverboards, how you can use them, and where, so bear this in mind when you plan your next speedy trip.
If you are wondering about the movie version of a Hoverboard, however, that is much further away. While you have the ones created by companies like Lexus, these can’t be sold to the public as they require liquid nitrogen to fuel them, and magnets to work.
An actual Hoverboard has been created, but it is only big enough for a toy soldier to stand on. Sadly, we are a lot further away from the future than predicted, so don’t expect to be gliding around on your very own flying skateboard anytime soon.
Hoverboards are an exciting trend, and while they may not be the boards that we were expecting and looking forward to, they are able to provide an amazing and smooth ride for a pretty affordable price.
With technology constantly advancing, and new features being implemented in the most recent models, you are sure to enjoy any experience you have on these wheeled wonders. After all, what better way to get from point A to B than in style?