Want a hoverboard before Marty McFly (who looks just like Michael J Fox) arrives in October 2015 to fly one around his town square? Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, is now offering the real thing — although don’t expect to do much traveling on it.
Ever since Michael J Fox took to the air in the 1989 classic, Back to the Future II, people have dreamed of hoverboards. Many have attempted to recreate that magic; Mattel even released a plastic replica. Sadly, it didn’t levitate.
Arx Pax’s product really does hover. There’s one small catch, though — it will only hover on special surfaces, because it uses magnets, just like a maglev (magnetic levitation) train.
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