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The Future Is Bright For Hoverboard Technology Applications

Posted September 7, 2018

It all started with Marty McFly in Back To The Future II. That’s when we saw the possibilities of a real hoverboard. While some people have made actual hoverboards recently, they don’t stay airborne for long and they are still a long way away from  Marty’s hoverboard in the movie.

De Lorean DMC-12 in Back from the Future, along with Hoverboard and Plutonium transport box.

De Lorean DMC-12 in Back from the Future, along with Hoverboard and Plutonium transport box. Image credit: Rijinatwiki via Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-4.0

The hoverboards that we have today are basically self-balancing skateboards. You can check some out here at gadgetreview. They are a lot of fun and also a greener way to travel. But they don’t hover and fly just yet. However, one day soon they will. These wheeled vehicles will evolve into much cooler gadgets as the technology moves forward.

We will not only have real flying hoverboards one day soon, but there will be a lot more to come out of this technology. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing things that may one day exist thanks to the hoverboard.

Emergency Rescue Drones

One of the things that make today’s hoverboards unique is that they do the balancing for you. It’s easy to imagine some sort of rescue drone based on the technology. Perhaps one that could be used on the battlefield. Imagine a drone that can gently scoop a body up, then lay it on a flatbed and carry a wounded soldier to safety without any risk of the soldier falling off. Getting the wounded treatment quickly is a priority and this could help.

Who Needs Elevators?

The future is going to be weird, at least from our perspective. When everyone has hoverboard technology, the elevator can come to them. It’s not hard to imagine walking into a building and having a small disc hover by your side until you approach a tube with a pair of doors. The doors open as you step on the disc and float inside. Vocally state your floor and rise up. No elevator maintenance is needed by the building owners. And besides, elevators come with a lot of issues.

Construction Sites Will Be Safer

As it stands right now, construction workers have to haul heavy materials up ladders. This is often dangerous and leads to injuries. But when you can lay your materials on large hovering palettes your materials can get there quickly and safely. If they go one step further and employ the self-balancing tech of modern hoverboards, it can even drive the materials to the proper place once it gets up there, with no falling goods. Also, humans falling is a leading cause of injury or death on these sites.

Your New Ladder Will Be Much Safer

Speaking of construction work, new kinds of hoverboards will replace your ladder entirely and it will be much safer. Just step on to rise up and clean your gutters or wash those third story windows with ease.

Hoverboard from "Back to the Future". Image credit: Ricardo 清介 屋宜

Hoverboard from “Back to the Future”. Image credit: Ricardo 清介 屋宜 via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Say Goodbye To Canes

The elderly, or those with injuries use canes today to take some of the load off when they walk, but why use a cane when you can wear an elbow pad or some sort of hip accessory that hovers with enough power to support your weight on one side. It’s like having a friend at your side, supporting you.

A New Way To Park?

As our world gets congested with more cars while parking lots stay the same size, we will need a solution. What about hover-parking? You could just drive over a large car-sized platform, park on it, get out and then watch your car rise to a second story of parking over the ground lot. When you return, your car comes down. It sounds outlandish, but it could very well happen.

These are just a few examples of what the future of this technology holds. The possibilities are truly endless and limited only by our imagination. One thing that we know for sure is that there are things that will surprise us because we would never have guessed.

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