Back to the Future’s Hoverboard Prediction: How Accurate Was It?

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In 1989, the movie “Back to the Future Part II” hit theaters with an iconic scene featuring Marty McFly riding a hoverboard. While the actual boards in the film were fake, this scene tapped into something that resonated: people’s fascination with technology and desire for a world where hoverboards are commonplace. Fast forward to today, and we still need to get our hands on real-life hoverboards. But how far off from reality is the hoverboard from “Back to the Future”? In this blog post, we’ll explore how accurate the predictions were and what progress has been made toward making them a reality.

The Hoverboard in Back to the Future II

The hoverboard in Back to the Future II is one of the most iconic cinematic vehicles. It’s a symbol of ’80s pop culture and an enduring source of inspiration for inventors and engineers. But how accurate was the hoverboard prediction?

In terms of primary function, hoverboards in the movie are close to what we now know as a Segway. It’s a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transport vehicle that uses electric motors. However, some key differences exist between the movie version and modern Segways.

Hoverboard that actually hovers – Back the the Future II

The Back to the Future II hoverboard can levitate off the ground, whereas Segways only roll along on wheels. The movie version also appears to be made of metal, while modern Segways are typically plastic. And while Segways have handlebars for steering, the hoverboard in the movie is controlled simply by leaning in the direction you want.

So, while the basic concept is similar, there are some significant differences between the hoverboard in Back to the Future II and modern Segways. But people still need to try to build their versions of the iconic movie prop!

How Accurate Was The Prediction?

The hoverboard was one of the most iconic devices in the Back to the Future movies. In 2015, we finally saw a working prototype of a hoverboard, but we were expecting something else. So how accurate was the movie’s prediction?

The answer is: not very. The hoverboard in the movie can levitate a person several inches off the ground and allow them to glide smoothly across surfaces. However, real-life hoverboards can only levitate a person for a few seconds and only work on particular surfaces.

Despite this, the idea of a personal levitating device is no longer just science fiction. We are getting closer and closer to creating a functional hoverboard, and who knows, maybe one day we’ll be able to ride one just like in the movies!

Current Hoverboards

Current hoverboards are far from the sleek, lightweight floating devices depicted in Back to the Future II. The first hoverboards were created in the early 2010s and were large, clunky, and ridden on a track or half-pipe. In 2015, a company called Hendo Hover released the first commercially available hoverboard, but it still needed to be more bulky and expensive for widespread use.

Hendo Hoverboard that actually hovers 2015/2016

Today, there are many different types of hoverboards available on the market. Some are propelled by electricity, while others use magnets to float above the ground. Most hoverboards have two wheels and can reach up to 10 miles per hour.

Current hoverboards may not be exactly like those in Back to the Future II, but they’re still pretty amazing to ride! And who knows? One day we’ll have hoverboards that can take us anywhere we want to go, just like in the movies!

The Future of Hoverboards

The future of hoverboards is up in the air. The popular mode of transportation from the 1989 film Back to the Future II has yet to be invented, and it’s unclear if it ever will be.

There have been many attempts to create a working hoverboard, but so far, they’ve all been unsuccessful. In 2012, Lexus released a commercial that showed a man skating on a hoverboard, but it was later revealed that the board was attached to a hidden track.

Last year, two companies claimed to have made functional hoverboards, but their products turned out to be hoaxes. So what’s the holdup?

Making a hoverboard is extremely difficult. It requires superconducting materials that can generate strong magnetic fields. These materials must be cooled to extremely low temperatures to work correctly.

So far, no one has been able to create a working hoverboard because of these challenges. However, some scientists believe that it’s only a matter of time before someone figures it out. So while we may not have hoverboards just yet, there’s still hope that we’ll see them in the future.

Hoverboards that hover are a ways away in the future

Back to the future’s depiction of hoverboards has proven remarkably accurate and surprisingly inaccurate. While modern technologies have given us real-life levitating devices, they are still far from matching the high-speed movement seen in Back to the future. Nevertheless, it is a testament to the prophetic powers of Hollywood that so many aspects depicted were spot on – even if we still don’t have flying cars!

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Zack Gehin
Zack Gehin
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