Back to the Future hoverboard design real life

Electro-magnetics, laser guidance systems, and perhaps… a splash of pink? For those of us ancients who date back to the eighties (or beyond), the dream of a hoverboard like Marty’s awesome sci-fi ride in Back to the Future II went beyond adolescent fantasies of flying, past the brightly-colored board and to a vision of sleek design and liberating technology which we could ride into the future (or at least to school).

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Back to the Future hoverboard design

And now, here it is. French designer Nils Guadagnin figured out how to build this very retro-fabulous gadget, and it’s awesome. The most surprising part may be, in fact, how unsurprised we are to see this real and working, truly-hovering skateboard that once seemed to us to defy all reasonable laws of physics.

Hovering via electromagnets, the key innovation is the laser-guided stabilization system that keeps it floating in one place rather than tilting one way, tipping another or flying off entirely … a definite upgrade from those childhood hovercraft toys that were always impossible to remote control correctly.

Back to the Future hoverboard design working

While not a direct duplicate of the movie classic version, the zig-zag pattern and use of pink and other atrociously 1980s-era colors clearly makes this a direct homage to the original – but perhaps the next version can look a little more timeless.

Back to the Future hoverboard design pink

About Nils Guadagnin

“Nils Guadagnin graduated with a Fine Art BA(Hons) in France in 2008. He co-founded and ran the artist space White Office in Tours, France, from 2007 to 2010. His work focuses on the elements that reveal artistic thought and allow it to exist as such. He is developing a practice that revolves around physical as well as mental spatial notions that lie somewhere in between the material and the immaterial.”

“Working mostly with sculpture, Nils also uses a large range of media to question perceptions of our surrounding context. Making reference to art history as well as contemporary culture, he employs a mixed language to engage a direct relation with the viewer through the different layers of meaning contained in the works that create links beyond the artistic field.”