Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Target Stops Selling Hoverboards. If you’re looking for a hoverboard, the ineptly-named but still pretty cool hip new way to get around, then try somewhere other than Target.
The retailer has stopped selling the transportation devices due to safety concerns, reports Mashable. Just last week, the United States government declared that hoverboards were unsafe. Problems have come up recently with hoverboards catching on fire, obviously not what you want, especially considering many hoverboarders are kids. A Target TGT 0.02% spokesman told Mashable that the safety concerns were the reason hoverboards were no longer for sale: We take product safety very seriously at Target and are proactively working with our vendors to ensure they are compliant with the new safety standards and hoverboard certification protocol provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Target never sold the products in its stores, so the decision only impacts the company’s online business. Hoverboards 2015: When hoverboard dreams were shattered. We can probably thank Back to the Future Part II for the bombardment of hoverboard-related news and hype over the past 12 months.
As a quick refresher, the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy featured Marty McFly time traveling to the futuristic year of 2015. In turn, the movie provides us with an entertaining portrait of what people in 1989 envisioned life might be like in 2015. Without question, the most iconic detail of that portrait centered on the use of hoverboards, essentially floating skateboards that can ably defy gravity and take riders on incredible and thrilling rides. DON’T MISS: The biggest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ plot holes explained That being the case, 2015 saw innumerable companies do their best to bring the hoverboard reality depicted in Back to the Future to life.
All that said, below is a quick look back at some of the more notable hoverboard related stories that sprang up in 2015. Calling it a hoverboard seems to have originated on YouTube. I rode the 'Hoverboard' and now I wish levitating skateboards existed. If it doesn't hover off the ground, it's not a hoverboard.
And yet that didn't deter Robert Bigler, the founder of Hoverboard Technologies, and his team from building the Hoverboard (with a capital H), a personal electric mobility vehicle that looks kind of like an alien weapon and doesn't levitate at all, despite sharing the same name as Marty McFly's fictional levitating skateboard from Back to the Future. Earlier this week, I got to ride the company's so-called non-levitating Hoverboard, and while it doesn't float (bummer), it's the next closest thing we'll get to one.
(I'm aware of Hendo's Hoverboard and Lexus' hoverboard marketing stunt, but as far as I'm concerned, those don't count because they only work in highly controlled environments.) I admit, I was skeptical of the Hoverboard as I typed Hoverboard.com into my web browser and waited to see what it was. The Hoverboard Fantasy Comes True, Just As "Back to the Future" Predicted. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a guy in blue jeans and a T-shirt drifted back and forth across a gently sloping half-pipe in an office park southwest of San Jose.
Instead of skating, though, he was hovering: a real-world Marty McFly, the time-traveling teen who glided on air around Hill Valley in Back to the Future Part II. The Hendo hoverboard, invented by Greg Henderson and launched with the help of his wife, Jill, nearly broke the Internet when it appeared in a Kickstarter video last year featuring company engineer and resident stuntman Garrett Foshay. A subsequent video starring skateboarding legend Tony Hawk confirmed that the board was real. Hendo reveals latest levitating hoverboard prototype developed with Tony Hawk. Arx Pax introduced its Hendo Hoverboard last year, which uses four hover engines to float on a 'special surface' and now the futuristic toy has got a massive just got an upgrade.
The Hendo 2.0 has improved battery life, better steering capabilities and the firm went back to its roots with a skateboard inspired design - just like Marty McFly's in Back to the Future. Developers of the device still say the hoverboard is just a way to gain press, as its true passion is building hover engines for a different applications. Scroll down for video Arx Pax introduced its Hendo Hoverboard last year that uses four hover engines to float on a special surface and now the futuristic variant just got a makeover. The Hendo 2.0 version has improved battery life, better steering capabilities and the firm went back to its roots with a skateboard inspired design The Hendo Hoverboard uses four ‘hover engines’ which emit magnetic fields that push against each other. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% MinimizeExpandClose.