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Back To The Future Test Footage Makes Hoverboarding Look Like A Blast

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Even 22 years after their first appearance in Back to the Future II, hoverboards remain one of the most iconic film gadgets of all time. And sadly, even though we’re only three years away from the future Marty traveled to, we still don’t have real, functional hoverboards available on toy store shelves. So while we won’t be skimming around on them anytime soon, we can take a look back and marvel at just how well the hoverboarding footage holds up all these years later. Check out this early test footage from the production of Back to the Future II.

It’s no surprise that the hoverboarders were being dangled from cranes, but even knowing that, and even being able to see the cables in this footage, it’s still amazing to see how well the hoverboards sequences worked. You can see in this clip that it takes a little getting used to, learning how to balance your body and so on. In this day and age when damn near everything is done using CGI, it’s great to watch how a simple bit of Hollywood sleight-of-hand was able to produce effects that still hold up two decades later.

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Hoverboard Lightsaber Portal Gun Fight Deserves A Kickstarter

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There’s a long tradition of sarcastically complaining about all the science fictional wonders that are still sorely lacking here in the early days of the 21st century. No warp drive. No android butlers. No flying cars (even Sisco is pissed about that one). It is in that spirit that we steer you toward College Humor’s “Hoverboard Lightsaber Portal Gun Fight,” a fake commercial for a fake game that simply demands to become real. Yes, it would be dangerous to the point of quite possibly bringing about the end of human civilization…but what a glorious end it would be.

(The vid contains some profanity, so consider this NSFW.)

Seriously, people. This needs a Kickstarter. To hell with balancing the budget, I demand my tax money go toward this!

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Take A Look At The Making Of Mattel’s Replica Hoverboards

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Back to the Future fans let out a collective squeal of glee last month when it was announced that Mattel would be manufacturing real hoverboards…followed by a collective moan of disappointment when it was confirmed that no, Mattel has not actually created antigravity hovering technology just yet. Still, the replica boards are movie accurate and will make a very cool addition to any fan’s collection. Well, any fans that have $120 to drop on the prop, that is. If you’re on the fence about ordering and want to know what exactly you’ll get for your money, check out this behind-the-scenes look at how Mattel is creating their hoverboard replicas.

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Mattel Making A Real Hoverboard, See The First Image Here

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Our childhood dreams and wishes made Back to the Future Part II an amazing adventure in time. In truth it’s the weakest of the three films, but still contains a few iconic items those of us between the ages of 25 and 40 eagerly hope become a reality by the year 2015. Just the other day I saw a bunch of kids walking around with their front pockets turned inside out, and it made me smile a little. After the Nike (non)Power Lace shoes last year the next logical step is a real hoverboard. Mattel has revealed via Toy Fair that 2012 is the time for pink boards to become all the rage.

According to our sister site CinemaBlend, this version of the hoverboard is more of a glide than a hover. The technology, which would likely have to rely on magnetic tracks in order to actually hover, does not exist to recreate what Marty uses in the film. Instead this new version of the hoverboard glides using high-level technology that is so prohibitively expensive Mattel will not manufacture the product unless a certain number of preorders are placed. Mattel will begin taking orders in March for a Christmas 2012 launch.

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Sci-Fi In Real Life: Hoverboards On The Way With Advancements In Quantum Locking

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If you were asked what piece of awesome fictional tech you’d love to see find its way into the realm of the real, 99% of respondents would, without even thinking about it, say the Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part 2. The idea of floating around smoothly on a board that hovers six inches above the ground is awesome. Maybe even more awesome and affordable than flying cars. Well, the gap between fiction and reality may have just closed significantly.

Geniuses from the Tel-Aviv University demonstrated “quantum locking”, which allows superconductive metals to be suspended above a magnetic field. The process involves freezing the metal down to where the electrical resistivity is zero, allowing it to be locked in space above a proper magnet. That’s the best I can do to explain it, but check out the video after the jump and have your mind blown by seeing it actually in action.