Artist Creates Real-Life Working Hoverboard!

by , 05/28/10

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Who hasn’t wished at some point that they could take a spin on Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future II? The hoverboard may not be an actual form of transportation yet, but French artist Nils Guadagnin has built a working replica of McFly’s floating board for an exhibition entitled, appropriately enough, “Back to the Future”.

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The hoverboard features an electromagnetic system that allows it to levitate as well as a laser system that stabilizes the object. Guadagnin explains, “In the making of this work, I was thinking about different ways of presenting sculpture. In fact it’s a reflexion on the multiple possibilities of how to give a sculpture full spatial autonomy.”

Unfortunately the artist’s board can’t hold enough weight for people to actually ride it, but one day we’d love to see hoverboards operating much like Maglev trains — just hop on and let it take you to your destination!

+ Nils Guadagnin

Via Popular Science

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  1. chloe101 November 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    hopw does it work ??>?

  2. Leslie Hahm August 6, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Thank you! I really think that a couple of my friends will enjoy this article.. now where is that email to your friends button again?

  3. tomclick June 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm


    Just introduce myself: I am a man (says my wife), I am 50 years old (hmm, that looks bad isn’t it?) and I am a terrible bad programmer (I say myself).
    My hobbies: computer (of course), my 17 years old son and of course my wife. I like to play billiard, I do a very little bit and very simple programming in VB and I try to make a site for my billiard-club in the near future.

    Keep smiling

  4. Joshk June 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Hey Rolf,
    Read the article. Of course it only works on the stand…

  5. onlineclick May 30, 2010 at 11:31 pm


    The good vibe for everybody.
    Problems of health blogging me at home (for the moment) I take of come here, participate a little good grow has all !


  6. Barna May 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Wow…I remember when I was very young and Back to the future II came out and I saw the hoverboard. I remember every trip to Toys R Us and every other toy store looking for it (being too young to realize it wasn\\\\\\\’t real).

  7. Jeremiah Hatch May 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    If I had a dime for every time I came here.. Incredible article.

  8. Casper May 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    The Belgian arist Panamarenko did something like this in 1985 in museum de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Nederland. A levitating bronze leaf, a study of a monument for Anthony Fokker. It needed an powercord as thick as an tire for a mountainbike though. An impressive feat nevertheless.

  9. Floyd Crowder May 30, 2010 at 5:45 am

    If only I had a nickel for each time I came to Superb read.

  10. Rolf May 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Bet it only hovers on the stand, in which case it’s nothing special.

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