It started with Back to the Future and from then on the desire for a real life hoverboard began. We have achieved so much in the ways of science and technology since the release of the cult classic film but a reliable, long lasting hovering board has yet to be created. Over the years, there have been compelling designs, many of which showed remarkable progress and promise but it seems that the laws of physics simply will not allow for such a thing. That doesn’t mean we won’t get there someday, after all, human beings are notorious for overcoming the impossible. For example, Lexus built one of the more realistic boards ever seen. The video on their website shows exactly how skating in the future would look and if the mechanics of the machine weren’t so finicky, we might be seeing them all over the place! It was later stated that the board was created for advertisement and not for manufacturing purposes. It’s pretty clear why after reading up about it though because it takes a lot of moving parts to keep the board hovering. What’s more interesting, however, is how we were able to go from see-through strings to fully functioning devices.
Certain inventions, dating as far back as the 1950’s, have steadily set the pace for advancement in hoverboard technology and it is because of these devices that we have gotten as far as we have today. Creations like Hiller Aircraft “Flying Platform” (1950’s) to the Segway (2001) have all helped in the process. Both of these devices brought on new ways of thinking. The Segway was self balancing and the Flying Platform used a series of fans to get the aircraft off the ground; the pilot simply used their body weight to steer. In 2011 we see magnets being used in the designing process for the Mag Surf, a creation by Paris Diderot. The list continues as the curiosity for this intriguing device grows. The issue, it seems, is the ability to construct a product that is user friendly and relatively simple. Unfortunately, with every new board, a long list of must haves comes along with it. You either need liquid nitrogen to cool the components or a park made of magnet tracks. While we aren’t zooming through the air just yet, the progress over the decades has truly been remarkable! We might have jumped the gun back in the 80’s but the reality of such a thing has to be right around the corner.