Marty McFly gets a hoverboard in Back to The Future II in 1989, set in October 2015. Now you can get a hoverboard – though not for skating. Photograph: Allstar Picture Library

Want a hoverboard before Marty McFly (who looks just like Michael J Fox) arrives in October 2015 to fly one around his town square? Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, is now offering the real thing – although don’t expect to do much travelling on it.

Ever since Michael J Fox took to the air in the 1989 classic, Back to the Future II, people have dreamed of hoverboards. Many have attempted to recreate that magic; Mattel even released a plastic replica. Sadly, it didn’t levitate.

Arx Pax’s product really does hover. There’s one small catch, though – it will only hover on special surfaces, because it uses magnets, just like a maglev (magnetic levitation) train.

Written by Samuel Gibbs
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