I don't know what it is about certain films, but even after 25 years they still stick with you -- to the point where you find yourself referencing them almost every other day for no apparent reason other than you're just still completely in love with them all these years later. I'd throw the Back to the Future franchise on my list of older films I can't stop talking about, and I'm definitely not the only one. I've found that a bunch of us movie bloggers are kinda addicted to the franchise, and between all of us -- and all of our sites -- there's at least one BTTF-related story each week .... which I'm completely fine with.
Mike from JoBlo tweeted this one yesterday, and I thought it was too cool to pass up. Whenever we talk about Back to the Future II, the conversation inevitably turns toward the hoverboard and whether anything like that will ever exist. Nike already came out with sneakers based on the ones Marty wore in the movie, and his freaky, multi-colored hat was also for sale at one point. But what fans really want is a working hoverboard, and, surprisingly, a French artist may have just created one.
Nils Guadagnin pieced together this real-life hoverboard for an art installation, figuring out a way to get the board to actually float in the air. How'd he do it? Here's a description: "Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board. A laser system stabilises the object in the air. In the making of this work, this artist was thinking about different ways of presenting sculpture. In fact it's a reflexion on the multiple possibilities of how to give a sculpture full spatial autonomy."
Check out video of the real-life hoverboard after the jump.