Like many college students, I was first introduced to concept of the hoverboard through the Back to the Future movie series. I’ll never forget the first time I saw young Marty McFly gliding over the sidewalks of Hill Valley, hanging on the bumper of a hovercar and floating up against the walls of a tunnel on his borrowed Mattel hoverboard. After viewing such amazing feats of acrobatic hovering, my reaction was the same as that of every other pre-adolescent boy at the time:

"Man, I want to do that."

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