Tonight's Episode of The Goldbergs is All About Hoverboard Promises

Were you one of those kids who saw Robert Zemeckis insist that hoverboards were real back in 1989? Then tonight's episode of the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs is for you. In the episode Adam wants to come up with a cool explanation for how he broke his arm, so he decides that he'll tell people he was riding a hoverboard.… » 12/03/14 6:18pm 12/03/14 6:18pm

Back to the Future's Hoverboards Were Originally Way Bigger

The hoverboard from Back to the Future: Part II is one of the most iconic artifacts of 20th century futurism. But surprisingly, the hovering toys were originally envisioned to be much larger than what made it on screen. That's according to John Bell, the visual effects art director on the classic 1989 film. » 11/25/14 2:59pm 11/25/14 2:59pm

Don't Get Too Excited About That New "Hoverboard" Just Yet

People are understandably really excited about the latest hoverboard currently being crowdfunded at Kickstarter. It's called the Hendo and it's being developed by Greg and Jill Henderson for their company Arx Pax. Is it real? Yes. Has our Back to the Future hoverboard finally arrived? Sadly, no. » 10/21/14 1:19pm 10/21/14 1:19pm

A Very Specific List of Things That Are Ruining My Google Alerts

I love Google Alerts. They're a great tool for tracking the mention of different things online. I use them less as a way to learn about breaking news and more as a way to discover how people are talking about the future. But there are all kinds of things that are messing them up. Well, messing them up for me » 5/30/14 4:47pm 5/30/14 4:47pm

What Is This Fake Hoverboard Company Actually Promoting?

In 1989 the director of Back to the Future II went on TV and declared that hoverboards were real. "They've been around for years, it's just that parents' groups have not let the toy manufacturers make them," Robert Zemeckis insisted. "But we got our hands on some and we put them in the movie." » 3/04/14 4:03pm 3/04/14 4:03pm

Back to the Future Hoverboard Hands On: So This Is What a Real Life…

The official Mattel Back to the Future hoverboard is here and it looks exactly like it did in Back to the Future II: happy neon pink retro future glory. All the details are there—the hole where Marty ripped off the pole, the foot strap and the graphics—but it doesn't actually hover. No matter, this is your childhood… » 12/06/12 6:24pm 12/06/12 6:24pm

"Board of Awesomeness" Tops 30 MPH with a Wave of Your Hands

Until the scientific community gets off its collective duff and starts researching the important and poorly understood field of Hoverboard technology, we'll just have to comfort ourselves with the Kinect-commanded, electric-powered, and Windows 8-controlled Board of Awesomeness from Chaotic Moon. » 1/09/12 11:00pm 1/09/12 11:00pm