Hoverboards Are Being Kickstarted, The Future Is Now Dylan Duarte October 21, 2014 News Has there been a more sought-after fictitious movie item than Marty McFly’s hoverboard in the Back to the Future series? Sure, we joke about flying cars and when I was kid I really wanted a pet mogwai (I would’ve definitely turned it into a Gremlin on accident), but Marty’s pink Mattel hoverboard had skateboarders and non-skateboarders alike chomping at the bit. It’s not pink, it doesn’t work on all surfaces, and it’s mind-numbingly expensive, but hoverboards are here and you can get one through the Hendo Hover Kickstarter. They’re less than a week into their funding and they’ve already raised $139,038 of their $250,000 goal, so prepare yourself for a world in which functioning hoverboards exist. It works via “hover engines” that create a magnetic field between the board and the ground, so right now it only works on non-ferromagnetic conductors. The team is currently using it on common metals (in sheets) but they’re constantly working to maximize its usability. This is the 18th prototype, so they’ve clearly been hard at work. The bad news is that the boards cost $10,000 a pop. On top of that, there are only ten of them and as of this writing four have already been claimed. Don’t be too shocked. As with all technology, this has a long way to go before it’s ready for mass production. Still, we have hoverboards now. Share This With The World!