Here we are, three years from 2015, and there’s no sign of flying cars, hover boards, or retro-80s cafes on the horizon.
Luckily, a new study released over the weekend may give us renewed hope.
According to Professor Jun Zhang of NYU’s Courant Institute, hovering may be more easily accomplished by top-heavy structures, and that success depends “on weight distribution.”
The study, published in Physical Review Letters, may lead to new hovering aircraft prototypes capable of quick takeoff and smooth landings.
Similar crafts already exist, of course, but the key here is for more efficient designs.
So, hover boards? Not just yet.
My bet is on some kind of breakthrough in the future involving anti-gravity and maybe the discovery of the Higgs Boson. We’ll also need to figure out how to conjure up the energy to power such a thing.
The wait continues.