Got a Leafblower? Then You've Got a Hoverboard

Hoverboards. The endlessly promised future technology, made popular by the equally fictional Marty McFly, is such an obsession with tinkerers and armchair futurists, you'd think it represented the pinnacle of human civilization. » 12/14/14 1:30pm 12/14/14 1:30pm

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 6:15pm 12/03/14 6:15pm

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 2:25pm 11/25/14 2:25pm

Back to the Future Wasn't Supposed to Have a Sequel

Great Scott! Did you know that Back to the Future was never supposed to have a sequel? Imagine that reality for a second — a world without Marty McFly's hoverboard and shoes and flying DeLorean? The mind reels! » 11/21/14 5:00pm 11/21/14 5:00pm

The Hoverboard Is Real, and I Rode It

I'm tired of being lied to. Tired of companies exploiting my childhood dreams of riding a hoverboard just like Back to the Future Part II. When Doc Brown let me down, I was ready to write off the whole idea. But this week, my dream finally came true. » 10/22/14 3:55pm 10/22/14 3:55pm

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 12:45pm 10/21/14 12:45pm

Engineers create real Back to the Future hoverboard and it really works

Holy crap, they did it! The engineers at Hendo just released this video showing a real-world Back to the Future style hoverboard! And it actually works! And they are Kickstarting it! And yes, I'm VERY EXCITED, which is why I'm putting exclamation marks everywhere! » 10/21/14 11:33am 10/21/14 11:33am

Original Back to the Future 2 Hoverboard Up For Auction

Doc Brown himself recently lied to us about the existence of hoverboards. But if you've got the cash, an original hoverboard (albeit, still non-hovering) could soon be yours. » 7/09/14 11:15am 7/09/14 11:15am

This Water-Powered Jetboard Is Almost The Hoverboard You're Dreaming Of

No, Back to the Future hoverboards won't be real anytime soon but there's a damn good substitute. All you need is a board, a speedboat, and a firehose. » 6/13/14 10:03am 6/13/14 10:03am

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 4:45pm 5/30/14 4:45pm

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 3:45pm 3/04/14 3:45pm

I Love This Little Girl Who Wants to Make a Hoverboard After Watching …

This short film, "Hoverboard", is about a girl and her teddy bear trying to create a hoverboard after watching Back to the Future II. I can totally relate to her because I was trying to make my own hoverboard really hover just last month. You're an inspiration girl! » 4/05/13 11:00pm 4/05/13 11:00pm

The Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2012

Lots of fun, good, and exciting things happened in our world this year. But there were still so many things that could've been truly great, but flopped. Broken promises. Awful gadgets. Here's what broke Gizmodo's heart in 2012. » 12/25/12 11:00am 12/25/12 11:00am

The Back To The Future Hoverboard Is 2012's Worst Toy

The Back to the Future Hoverboard by Mattel is not a hoverboard. It's a board at best. Really, it's just a piece of chintzy pink plastic that you can buy for $120 if you're a jerk. It doesn't hover. » 12/12/12 4:52pm 12/12/12 4:52pm

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

Pre-Order the Back to the Future Hoverboard Right Now for $120

Just as expected, the official Mattel Back to the Future hoverboard made infamous by Marty McFly is now available for pre-order. The hoverboard only costs $120 and actually comes with a hoverboard scaled for 6-inch action figures too. That's a steal in my BTTF-loving book. » 3/01/12 12:53pm 3/01/12 12:53pm

Our Only Hope For a BTTF Hoverboard That Actually Hovers

When we first saw Mattel's official Back to the Future II hoverboard, the whole world exclaimed: FINALLY! Then we found out it doesn't really hover. Well today, my friends, we're one step closer to a people-lead, hoverboard-inventing revolution. » 2/23/12 3:40pm 2/23/12 3:40pm

Mattel Is Finally Making the Back to the Future Hoverboard

First, the Back to the Future Nike Mags came out. Now, Mattel has announced that it'll be making the pink hoverboard Marty McFly made infamous in Back to the Future II. My life is complete. Well, almost. » 2/13/12 12:50pm 2/13/12 12:50pm

"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