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

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

Is This the Closest We'll Ever Get To Seeing a Back to the Future

Everyone wants a hoverboard. Everyone. Don't even try to disagree. But while you can buy a lame-o, non-working Back to the Future-style 'board, it's just not the real thing. Crazy optimists can hold out hope for 2015, but in the meantime, this clever little picture by François Dourlen is probably the best we can do. » 4/27/13 1:30pm 4/27/13 1:30pm

Build Your Own Hovering Lawn Chair For the Perfect Long Weekend Lounger

Long weekends are all about maximizing your laziness before you have to return to work. And over on Wired's Geek Dad blog, Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, has an easy to follow tutorial on building a hovering lawn chair so you can be mobile without ever having to actually get up all weekend. » 5/26/12 4:00pm 5/26/12 4:00pm