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10 Technologies That Could Be Used To Build A Real Hoverboard

Back To The Future Part II promised us hoverboards in the near future, but so far no one has come through with the goods. As the 2015 deadline set by the film approaches, just what do scientists have up their sleeves?

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Quantum Levitation

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Quantum levitation is achieved by cooling superconductors. Someone fetch me some duct-tape and a skateboard...

Electromagnets

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This is a damn fine attempt, but it can only carry 5 pounds.

Maglev

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Maglev trains use magnets instead of wheels and the reduced friction allows them to travel at incredibly high speeds. So make a maglev hoverboard already!

Helicopter bike

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If you could make this just a little bit smaller...

Vectored Thrust

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Harrier jump jets can take off vertically and hover, but good luck trying to get one into a half-pipe.

Mars Sky Crane

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It would be a crime to leave out the awesome Skycrane used to lower the curiosity rover onto the surface of Mars.

This guy has the right idea...

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If this guy had the balls to stand up on this thing, then we'd be in business!

And finally, Le Hoverboard

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MagSurf, built by researchers at Universite Paris Diderot in France, seem to have cracked it using quantum levitation. Now all we need is a whole lot of superconductors.

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