Have you ever seen a sci-fi or fantasy movie and wished the cool tech in it was real?
That’s probably how people felt in 1989 when Marty McFly sped across the screen on a hoverboard in Back to the Future II.
Luckily, dreams can come true….(ish).
Approximately 24 years later, a Chinese company introduced the Smart S1 in August 2013. This strange, handle-less scooter was wildly popular, and competitors quickly started to make their own versions. Out of our desperation to live in Marty McFly’s fantasy version of 2015, and for lack of a better term, we’ve collectively agreed to call these scooters hoverboards.
Keep reading to learn more about movie tech that eventually became a reality—and find out which hypothetical gadgets we’re still waiting for.