Originally Posted by HK_47
^ I disagree, in theory a magnetically plated skatepark, and a hoverboard with a powerful enough electromagnet, it could be possible.
Problem! As someone who skates, I rely on the board traveling in straight lines thanks to the wheels only spinning in one direction (backwards or forwards).
If we got a magnetic skatepark going, a hoverboard would constantly keep slipping out from under my legs and trying to zip off in random directions. There would be no way to perform quick controlled turns or braking. There would be no feedback from the ground and skaters kinda *rely* on feedback/resistance to control our 4-wheeled planks of wood
So even if mankind managed to devise a "TRUE" anti-gravity hoverboard, it would be nothing short of painful to ride. Even if you could make Marty McFly's hoverboard a reality, trying to ride that thing like a normal skateboard (one foot on the board, the other pushing off the ground) simply wouldn't work. It would almost immediately slip off to the right or left.....and it wouldn't stop until it broke some poor bystanders' ankles. Yes, that pretty much means Marty McFly (and the rest of the gang from the future) were all some sort of was some kind of inhuman skating geniuses to be able to control those things.
Necessity is the mother of all invention, and the "necessity" part simply doesn't exist for a hoverboard Edited by Tippy - 7/29/12 at 5:20pm