One year from now will be the date that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to in the future: October 21, 2015. What ensued was a ’80s-esque vision of what could be, including flying cars, fax machines and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series
Seeing Marty use a floating skateboard to evade bullies (and later save Doc’s lady Clara in “Back to the Future Part III”) made everyone immediately want to buy their own. The only problem is they didn’t exist and they still don’t, though we have hovercrafts and non-floating replicas of the Mattel Hoverboard. Tony Hawk and others had fun with a “Huvr hoax” in March, but the closest thing we have today could be the HENDO Hoverboard, a magnetic skateboard that can only float above a copper surface — and only one inch off the ground — which still needs Kickstarter funding
World’s first hoverboard: Kickstarter campaign aims to sell floating device by Oct. 2015
The Hendo Hoverboard isn’t for sale yet but the Hendo company hopes it will be by this time next year. The company also hopes the hoverboard will eventually be able to float over any medium, even water.
On Tuesday, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000. According to the campaign, the first 10 people to contribute $10,000 will own one of the first 10 hoverboards that are produced. If the Kickstarter reaches its funding goal of $250,000 by its Dec. 15 deadline, the first round of hoverboards will be available on, you guessed it, Oct. 21, 2015.
Here are some futuristic predictions “Back to the Future” got right.
1. Sneakers with power laces In February, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said sneakers with self-tying “power laces” will be released in 2015, just in time to make the movie’s predictions true. In 2011, the shoe company sold 1,500 Nike Air MAG replicas that lit up like Marty’s actual kicks (but didn’t lace up automatically) to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
2. Video games that don’t require hands
Remember seeing little Elijah Wood at the arcade game, telling Michael J. Fox that having to use your hands to play video games is “like a baby’s toy?” Hello, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect.
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