The world has been awaiting a working hoverboard since 1989—a dream that one husband-and-wife team hope to realize by next year.
Greg and Jill Henderson today launched the Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter campaign. They have 55 days to raise $250,000, and eventually turn a prototype into a working version of everyone’s favorite movie gadget.
Currently in its 18th prototype iteration, the Hendo features four disc-shaped engines hidden underneath the board to create a magnetic field that pushes against itself, generating the same gravity-defying levitation Marty McFly achieved in Back to the Future II.
The Hendersons are careful not to mention the film, beyond a quippy aside: “Yep, there was a movie. However, our attorneys have told us not to go there,” the Kickstarter page said.
Interested tinkerers can pick up the Whitebox Developer Kit, which offers the same technology in a small, accessible form factor.
For $299, backers will receive a Hendo hover engine set and a surface over which to hover it. The more daring users can even remove the engines and try hovering your own designs or develop your own uses for Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA). The package also comes with a t-shirt and sticker/magnet combo, expected for delivery in July.
Early adopters can drop an extra $400 to get the Whitebox+, which comes with an app for propulsion and control.
If you’re just looking for a great story to tell friends at a party, the Kickstarter campaign offers rewards like a five-minute hoverboard ride for $100, a levitating hoverboard display for $149, or even a full-sized replica Hendo Hoverboard—yours to display for $449.
Still up for grabs: one hour of private hoverboard coaching—redeemable only at the Hendo facility in Silicon Valley ($1,000), a VIP pass to next fall’s launch event ($2,000), or a chance to meet the Hendo team, including Tippi the office dog ($5,000).
Only 10 backers can get their hands on an actual, working hoverboard: The Hendo Hoverboard is available for $10,000, to be presented at an event on Oct. 21, 2015—the same day Marty, Jennifer, and Doc arrive in the future.
In 2012, Mattel released a version of the Hoverboard, though it was just a replica and did not actually work.