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Watch Tony Hawk Ride A Hoverboard, For Real This Time

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For those of us who have been waiting for a real hoverboard since we first saw Back to the Future Part II all the way back in 1989, the wait is over. We first wrote about the Hendo Hover towards the end of last month, and now we’ve got our best look at it yet, taken for a test spin by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. And yes, that’s just as awesome as it sounds. Check out the video for yourself.

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Someone Finally Built A Real Working Hoverboard, Get The Details Here

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hoverboard protoWe’ve been following the development of technologies that might make hoverboards possible for a while now. Alas, they’re kind of like jetpacks—we hoped, even expected, to see them widely used by now, but they aren’t. At least functioning jetpacks actually exist. But wait, this is no longer a point of distinction, as an honest to goodness working hoverboard is here.

Hendo Hover is responsible for finally translating the hoverboard from science fiction to science fact. Hendo has developed a working prototype—the company’s 18th—that actually hovers an inch off the ground. And, of course, the company has a Kickstarter campaign (which has already met its goal) to raise enough money to put the “finishing touches” on the product, manufacture them, and build places to ride them—something akin to skate parks.

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Marty McFly’s Hoverboard Will Be Up For Auction If You Have An Extra $15,000

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hover boardMany people often lament the fact that it is almost 2015, the year that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) visits in 1989’s classic Back to the Future Part II, and we’re still no closer to getting our very own hoverboards. There was that one time when the Internet exploded all over the place thinking they were on the way, but as you’ll remember that turned out to be a hoax, of course. And while we’re not going to be able to step on a real Mattel brand hover board anytime soon, you can get pretty close, assuming you have a spare 15-grand.

Marty’s actual hoverboard from Back to the Future 2 will be up for auction. Yes, the actual prop from the film will be available for you to drop all of your hard-earned dollars on this October from Propstore, and the estimated asking price is 15,000 pounds. That may sound like a lot of money, and it certainly is for most of us, but you have to remember that this is the board that Marty swipes from that kid to outrun Griff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), the future son of familiar jackass Biff Tannen—all fathers and sons should have rhyming names. Just remember, don’t ride it over water, it doesn’t work very well when you do that.

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Google X Confirms Attempts At Space Elevators And Hoverboards

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space elevatorRegular laypersons like myself look at the secretive think tank Google X and have no problem assuming its researchers choose their projects by throwing darts at a wall covered in science fiction concept art. It turns out that the truth isn’t that much more complicated, as the Google X team takes “impossible” ideas and tries to reverse engineer them. So it should come as no surprise (but still does) that entrepreneur Astro Teller and his researchers put a lot of time into research and development of such improbable concepts as space elevators and hoverboards. This is the one time where failure as a conclusion is less of an issue than there being a conclusion in the first place.

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Back To The Future Part II Hoverboard Concept Art Is As 1980s As It Gets

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back to the future IIAt this point in the Technology Age, any design of an actual working hoverboard is just a concept design, as they still don’t quite exist. But if they did, what would they look like? They couldn’t possibly retain the hideous look of the hot-pink mess that Marty McFly stole from that little girl in Back to the Future: Part II, could they? We probably won’t know for a while yet, but now we can look back on the original illustrations that birthed the post-skateboard craze in Robert Zemeckis’ sequel.

These concept images were created by artist John Bell, whose visual effects work on Back to the Future Part II earned him an Oscar nomination and a win at the BAFTAs. His talents have since gone into the productions of Back to the Future Part III, The Rocketeer, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Rango, with concept work for G.I. Joe: Retaliation serving as his most recent accomplishment. And judging from these drawings, it seems like Bell should have also worked on some underground comic books in the 1980s.

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Christopher Lloyd And Tony Hawk Celebrate The Arrival Of The Hoverboard In Faux Advert

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UPDATED: Well, that didn’t take long. After a bunch of people kept insisting the hoverboard video was the real deal, Funny or Die has finally come forward to take credit for it. You can see Christopher Llyod’s “apology” below, followed by the original viral video. But hey, at least we’re getting power laces