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Thursday, 12 December 2013

To the future and back!

Growing up in the 80s, there were so many things from that time that only a 80s kid could understand. From the dynamic pop stars like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Michel Jackson to unforgettable cartoons such as He-man/She-Ra, Transformers, M.A.S.K to stylish sports gears such as L.A Gear, Reebok Freestyle, Nike Air Jordan, to classic TVs program such as the Muppets Shows, Sesame Street and iconic movies such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Terminator, Top Gun. The list is exhaustive...

With the 80s now a distant memory, one of the pop culture still freshens my mind and get me excited was “Back to the Future”. As a fan of the sci-fi genre, there were no words to describe the feeling of amazement and fascination watching the movie back then in 1985. Back to the Future was included as the Top 100 Greatest Movies of all Time by Total Film.The main theme centers round the lead protagonist Marty McFly trying to change his own future with the help of a time machine "DeLorean DMC-12" by going to the future and back to the past. One of the more memorable scenes was from part II of the trilogy where Marty traveled to the future on October 21, 2015, which is approximately 2 years from now from the time of writing of this article.

In that scene “in the future”, we had a glimpsed of the future based on the predictions 24 years ago during the time the movie was shown. Interestingly, many of the predictions about the future are correct. They are (not in sequence) video chat; playing video games without using controllers; watching multiple channels on TV; computers that take command via voice controller; 3D movies; computer glasses and many more. Out of so many predictions from the movie, the one still stand out was the chase sequence which involved the use of the hoverboard, a product which got many children (including myself) excited and wanting one during that time. So what is a hoverboard? A hoverboard is a skateboard without wheels and it hovers above the ground. In short, it’s a flying skateboard. Imagine how cool it is if you can zip through your neighbourhood in a hoverboard. The only downside to the hoverboard according to the movie is "it’s not going to work on water, unless you got POWAH!” The movie also introduced No Tech, Pit Bull and the Rising Sun as other versions of the hoverboard, which are basically enhanced hoverboard powered with rockets.

The hoverboard is currently available. If you search through Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-Back-Future-Hoverboard/dp/B00ADNJQXQ), you will be able to find an exact replica of the hoverboard by Mattel. While the board you are getting does look exactly the same in the movie, it still falls short of expectations as it “does not hover above the ground”. So don't expect it to fly over the ground with it just yet!

Many scientists had tried to replicate and create the effects of the hoverboard using magnetic repulsion. While there had been progress using this technique to create the levitation, it was still not able to carry load. http://www.ehow.com/how_4449192_build-hoverboard.html

While most of the prototypes work on magnetic repulsion theory, a Marty McFly's kind of hoverboard where you can move in all directions will not be possible unless there is a breakthrough in room-temperature superconductor that would allow objects to float one foot above the surface. Till then, while we wait for the hoverboard to become a reality, you might want to spend your money elsewhere and consider other alternatives to a hoverboard. Here are some for your consideration.

Electric Unicycle

Electric Skateboard



Honda U3-X

Toyota Winglet

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