Please, Someone Make This Awesome Jet-Powered Hoverboard Happen

By Chris Mills on at

One of the only things that rescues Back to the Future II is the awesome hoverboard scene. We all know this. Mattel's even made a model version. You know what's more badass than a hoverboard though? A hoverboard with a jet turbine stuck on the bottom. Marty McFly, eat your heart out.

Ok, so the hoverboard doesn't exist -- yet. But c'mon, what's so hard? Bolt some snowboarding boots and a jet turbine together, like this concept, and you've got the Flyboard -- "a watersports apparatus which allows propulsion underwater and in the air". According to the designer, one Jurmol Yao, "after about 20 minutes you can already move underwater like a dolphin and challenge the gravity like superman". Hear that? Challenge gravity like superman. Apparently, the board will have some kind of handheld controller, complete with kill switch you can yank when it all goes pear-shaped.

I'll admit, I'm not going to be the one to test it -- but I'll gladly stand nearby with a camera (as long as I can be inside some kind of floating bunker). What do you reckon though -- jet powered hoverboard, madness or genius? [Jurmol via Ubergizmo]

Image credit: Jurmol