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Artist Creates Real-Life Working Hoverboard!

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 28, 2010 @ 3:30 pm In Art,green gadgets | 10 Comments

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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 [1] yet, but French artist Nils Guadagnin [2] 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 [3] trains — just hop on and let it take you to your destination!

+ Nils Guadagnin [4]

Via Popular Science [5]


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[1] transportation: http://inhabitat.com/transportation/

[2] Nils Guadagnin: http://nilsguadagnin.blogspot.com/2010/05/hoverboard.html

[3] Maglev: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/05/mag-concept-car-by-matus-prochaczka/&sa=X&ei=aAoATOapI5LCMs65zTs&ved=0CBwQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNHxNK3AxcTdf2McJqfDSf47U8-Fqw

[4] + Nils Guadagnin: http://nilsguadagnin.blogspot.com/

[5] Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2010-05/artist-builds-levitating-replica-marty-mcflys-hoverboard

[6] http://www.vimeo.com/11968215: http://www.vimeo.com/11968215

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