Back in March the internet exploded after a video of what appeared to be a real working hoverboard—the wheel-less, floating skateboard made famous by Back to the Future II—surfaced online. The video, as it turned out, was a Funny or Die hoax.
But people just love their Back to the Future technology dreams (I cannot WAIT for one of those fancy pizza rehydrators personally), so it was only a matter of time before the hoverboard showed up again. This time, however, it appears that the hoverboard, which is called the Hendo Hoverboard, actually works…and you can reserve yours for only $10,000.
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Now of course this isn’t exactly the hoverboard seen in Back to the Future II. It takes time to evolve and refine high-tech stuff; let’s not forget, we’re talking about a freakin’ floating skateboard here. This is basically the next step up from that
The prototype, where it stands right now, is a little under 100 pounds, requires a special floor to work, is loud, and its battery only lasts for a few minutes. Basically, it has a long, long way to go before it’s at where people want it. But you can see the future plans for what it can become over at the official Hendo website, or at the Kickstarter campaign page that’s currently running.
At both of those sites you can also donate to the ongoing development of the technology, which comes lots of rewards. If you have the coin and want to splurge, yes, you can be among the first 10 people to have a hoverboard for $10,000 when it’s released sometime in 2015. But there’s all sorts of goodies to grab from a t-shirt or miniature Hendo Hoverboard beta display for your desk, to a Whitebox developer kit or replica board.
One way or another, the most important thing is this: the hoverboard is finally real.