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Innovation of the Week

Innovation of the week: A real hoverboard

Children of the '80s: Your dreams have come true

A California startup has made a beloved Back to the Future prop a reality, said Sean Buckley at Engadget. Arx Pax's Hendo Hoverboard uses electromagnetic field technology to lift users off the ground. Granted, it's a mere inch off the ground, and the board hovers above only "nonferrous metals like copper or aluminum," but Arx Pax hopes to improve the prototype's carrying capacity from 300 pounds to 500 by next year and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce 10 boards to be unveiled next October.