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.
I stepped onto a glorified piece of plywood equipped with eighty pounds of batteries and electromagnets... and glided effortlessly across the ground. Ladies and gentlemen, the hoverboard is real.
Don’t get me wrong: it’s still a marketing stunt. The startup company that created the board, Arx Pax, is more interested in selling technology that could protect buildings from earthquakes and floods than catering to our geeky collective nostalgia for a movie that’s 25 years old. (Shame on them, right?)