It’s that day again, when we celebrate the greatest adventure story of a generation: Back To The Future!
In case you have been living under a rock for 30 years, November 5 (1955) was the fictional date that Doc Brown invented the Flux Capacitor (and paved the way for a time-traveling DeLorean carrying one Martin McFly back in time to said date). The date, said with all the punctuation of Christopher Lloyd’s classic delivery, has always echoed in my mind as one of the great observances not only in science-fiction, but in the greater realm of popular culture as well. The film (really, “films” is more correct, since it is a trilogy) has held itself as the benchmark for the adventure genre, crossing the boundaries of science fiction in a way not many films have done. It has also–arguably–been the inspiration for numerous technologies in its portrayal of the future, second only to perhaps Star Trek in its visions coming to fruition.
This year, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched by a company called Hendo to develop, build, and market a working hoverboard as a concept demonstration for other, more practical hover technologies (seismic stability, transportation networks). While the physics my seem a bit dubious for such a small package, the theory is sound and, like all technology, it’s only a matter of time and development before miniaturisation happens. Check out the video below and consider throwing a few bones to help the future happen!