The 2015 as interpreted by Robert Zemeckis consisted of flying cars, floating billboards, 3D hologram advertisement, self-lacing shoes, self-drying one-size-fits all jacket, and of course, the iconic and fantasy-inducing hoverboard. While some of them are making headways, they are not quite a reality yet, well, maybe except for the hoverboard which we have saw a handful, including a maglev variant, a DIY one and even an elaborate prank that made quite a stir. And here’s another one, a homemade example piloted by Catalin Alexandru Duru that is not only a real, fully functional hoverboard but it is also one that made history by setting the Guinness World Record for Farthest Journey by Hoverboard over Quebec’s Lake Ouareau.

To make it as a record, Catalin only has to make just 50 meters (164 feet), but he went beyond, travelling 275.9 meters (905 feet and 2 inches) before dropping himself into the water below. According to Catalin, this is the first real-life hoverboard, making him the first man to develop a working prototype. Catalin said “I will showcase that stable flight can be achieved with a machine one can stand on and control with their feet, just like in the movie Back to the Future Part II. In our case, the machine is propeller-based.” The prototype is fully capable of hover fly anywhere, but a lake was chosen because how dangerously high it can fly.

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While we agree with Catalin that this is first real-life hoverboard, it is hardly the hoverboard that magically floats as depicted in the movie, plus it makes way too much noise and downwash, but I guess it is a start. Unless mankind discovers magical floating technology, propeller-based hovering contraptions are what we are going to see for anything that hovers. Keep going to witness the record setting hoverboard journey in the embedded video below.

Published by Mike

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