My hoverboard is full of squeals
October 21, 2014 6:40 AM   Subscribe

The Hendo is a functional (though impractical) hoverboard. Welcome back to the future.
posted by adamrice (15 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Neat idea but post should wait until after they've finished their kickstarter campaign in a couple months. -- cortex



 
Right now it’s effectively a parlor trick, and it apparently only works in parlors lined with a one of a small set of metals.

So, I suppose hoverboards really don't work on water.

But Henderson, ...imagines the technology that’s inside it could become a solution for keeping buildings from getting destroyed in floods and earthquakes by simply lifting them up

Unless you've got power.

You bojo!
posted by leotrotsky at 6:52 AM on October 21, 2014 [3 favorites]


Fun fact: Doc, Marty, and Jennifer will arrive in Hill Valley one year from today. So they've still got a little bit of time to make this work.

Also for double ties to come into fashion.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:00 AM on October 21, 2014 [6 favorites]


Now if we could just get to work on those copper plated sidewalks.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:03 AM on October 21, 2014


uncleozzy: I was ready to call your bluff, but is really is at "4:29 PM on Wednesday October 21, 2015."
posted by leotrotsky at 7:06 AM on October 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


The Hendo is pretty rad, but it's no Updog.
posted by griphus at 7:18 AM on October 21, 2014 [2 favorites]


I really have no other place to share this anecdote. You know in the Cafe '80s, when Ronnie Headroom and Ayatollah Headroom are arguing? Little leotrotsky always thought the Ayatollah was saying 'You must try the Hot Pistachios!' As a result, I filed away in my mind that pistachios must be an Iranian thing. Years later, when it occurred to me to check, I looked it up.

It turns out that they are! The word pistachio actually comes from the Persian name 'Pisteh,' and pistachios are a pretty big deal in Iran. So I was pretty pleased at my little deduction being confirmed accurate, and also pleased at the worldliness of the writers.

So it was pretty disheartening when I finally got a look at the script and saw that he's actually saying "You must try the hostage special!"

I still prefer my line, with the Ayatollah anxious for guests to try a Persian delicacy.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:21 AM on October 21, 2014 [6 favorites]


Pepsi Blue: Hendo is currently undergoing a kickstarter for this very thing.

You know who else with a comic book device is about an hour out of San Francisco?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 7:22 AM on October 21, 2014


Great title. I approve.
posted by ikahime at 7:27 AM on October 21, 2014 [2 favorites]


leotrotsky: never call the bluff of a devoted BTTF fan.
posted by gusandrews at 7:28 AM on October 21, 2014 [2 favorites]


Every time I see "Hendo" I think of my home planet
posted by Perko at 7:41 AM on October 21, 2014


If these won't work on solar roadways, we have a problem.
posted by cashman at 7:45 AM on October 21, 2014 [3 favorites]


Great title. I approve.

Bonus points for making me think for a full thirty seconds before I realized the reference. Nicely done.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:56 AM on October 21, 2014


I plan to cash in on this trend by charging fifty dollars for a Pepsi.
posted by dr_dank at 8:00 AM on October 21, 2014


Also for double ties to come into fashion.
And I shall fight a guerrilla war against them.

If these won't work on solar roadways, we have a problem.
But where we're going, we don't NEED roads!
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 8:47 AM on October 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


The "real" hoverboard obviously had some automatic stabilization going on as well as an apparent resistance to wild side-to-side action or spinning, so that motion was more readily constrained to forward-back travel. Solving for hovering is just step #1.
posted by anazgnos at 9:15 AM on October 21, 2014


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