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Hoverboards may become a thing of the present

Marty McFly’s hoverboard stunt in 1989’s Back 2 The Future II propelled the technology to the forefront of our imagination. Fast forward a few decades to Doc Brown explaining that hoverboard technology is now real and available to the public, all of which turned out to be an elaborate Internet hoax. And finally Internet video star Hank Green dispelling the hoverboard myth on his popular SciShow. But a new company is promising a breakthrough in the technology, albeit it with limitations. Arx Pax announced a Kickstarter for Hendo Hoverboards. There’s even a video one being ridden on a metal halfpipe. And one can be yours for $10,000. Kyle Hill, the Science Editor at Nerdist Industries, wrote about the science behind this new attempt to fulfill our childhood fantasy and joins us.

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