Hoverboards are a futuristic mode of transportation that swept the world by storm after they were introduced in 2015. These self-balancing scooters claimed to defy gravity and levitate above ground, which made them an instant hit among tech enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and celebrities alike. They became one of the most popular gifts for Christmas that year and sparked a wave of excitement around the possibility of riding on air.

However, despite their rapid rise to fame, many people have wondered where hoverboards came from and when they were invented. The origins of these devices trace back decades before their popularity exploded in recent years. In this article, we will delve into a brief history of hoverboards and its evolution up until its present state.

Early concepts

Early concepts

The idea behind hovering was not new even before Marty McFly’s Hoverboard began appearing on screens worldwide in the mid-1980s blockbuster movie Back to The Future Part II (1989). Earlier hints towards something similar can be found as far back as 1904 when American inventor Arthur F. Conway submitted his patent for a “fluid-propelled vehicle”, which had only two wheels but could still float slightly off the ground due to compression fluid being pumped beneath it.

This patent is often credited with being the first-ever design concept for what would eventually become known as a hoverboard or personal transport device now seen today on high streets across America – small enough so that you can carry them anywhere but powerful enough thanks largely due mainly because lithium batteries make things light yet capable..

In 1967 British Manned Airborne Vehicle Study team described research effort dedicated toward development “of various flying platforms” applications including jumping out helicopters without parachutes , landing safely surfaces like water depths decks buildings etcetera . One could argue that this was just another take on Frank Herbert’s use “Thopters” said novel Dune.

But it wasn’t until scientist/engineer Shane Chen invented RYNO – a single-wheeled motorcycle in 2008, that the idea went from concept to reality. This model was an early indicator of self-stabilizing technology, but it wasn’t until years later where we saw its progression into hoverboards.

The first proper-inventor initiated consumer-grade Segways emerged under the brand name “Ninebot” is particularly relevant when referring to the history of hoverboards because they helped kickstart interest in this form of transport around the same time Marty McFly’s Hoverboard was becoming famous.

This small electric mobility device was originally developed for rental purposes in urban cities such as San Francisco and New York. With its compact frame and intuitive system design, riders quickly fell in love with using it as a way to dodge rush hour traffic.

The Future arrives

The Future arrives
Inventors began working on developing smaller variations of electric human transportation devices similarily versatile and portable nature since Segway’s introduction; however these were limited due to their reliance on nearby metal surfaces to actually operate – known as “magnetic levitation”. Magnetic levitation works by repelling magnets onto another surface (like rails or tracks) which allowed them movement through space at high speeds without friction.

As advancements in magnetic field technologies progressed – especially after NASA put significant funding into researching how systems could be developed by electromagnetism techniques improvements began taking place fast within development circles who sought anti-gravity based science interface platforms next-generation manned aircraft .

Then all changed when McCann Industries Inc.’s engineer Franky Zapata invented Flyboard Air –a hydro-jet powered board that could launch individuals up into thin air enabling them some degree freedom from gravity- control whilst maneuvering over various terrain types via tilt sensing instrumentation embedded within augmented GUI user interfaces controls.


Hoverboards may have become mainstream overnight, but they are not new concepts nor do their origins strictly follow popular culture references like Back To The Future II (1989). It can be traced back to centuries of inventions and patent filings that have all contributed in some way towards the development of modern-day hoverboards. In its present state, these self-balancing electric scooters have become a popular mode of transportation for everyone from tech enthusiasts to celebrities.

Today’s hoverboards are sleeker, safer, more eco-friendly with advanced gyroscopic control systems which allows riders to experience the sensation of levitation through air even as technology continues evolving by leaps day Year…indeed exciting era tech innovation exploration once again beckons humanity seize wonder opening doors yet undreamt possible futuristic mobility creativity applications for coming generations to enjoy or perhaps beam themselves far away worlds soon attainable…