The technology in science fiction films has always fascinated people. Take the hoverboard, for example, that cool floating skateboard Marty McFly uses in Back to the Future. It makes you wonder – would it be possible for this type of technology to exist in our lifetime? And if so, how would we go about building our own?
Building your own hoverboard
One of those people inspired by the hoverboard is Ryan Craven from Austin, Texas. With only about $250, he created his very own hoverboard using four leaf blowers, 4×4 plywood, a skateboard deck, coffee can lids, shower liners and gaffer tape. He assembled it using simple tools – basic materials that you probably have lying about. He used staple guns and hole saws to put everything together and he says that anyone can replicate the way he created his hoverboard. You can check out his website to see his step-by-step guide.
Not quite like what we see in the movies
With the leaf blowers pushing air towards the ground, pockets of air are created, and this is what allows you to hover over the pavement. It’s fun to watch and probably even more fun to experience, but you also shouldn’t expect too much – you can’t really steer it, for one, so if you’re building one, best to try it out in a safe place. Check out his YouTube teaser video.
It started with a hoax
Craven says that what ultimately urged him to create his own hoverboard was the famous Huvr hoverboard hoax. He then decided to create his own hoverboard. He has no background in engineering or anything like that, but he pushed through with the project.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only hoverboard out there. If you don’t want to mess about with leaf blowers and you have plenty of cash (and patience), you can opt to wait for the guys at Hendo to finish refining their hoverboard.