One Step Closer to Jet Sleds

One of Mega Man's most iconic pieces of equipment is the jet sled, which was originally introduced in Mega Man 2 as Item 2, but essentially redefined as an alternate form of Rush the Robodog in Mega Man 3 as the Rush Jet. And while the hoverboard introduced in the movie Back to the Future Part II isn't quite the same (well, maybe Griff's was), I thought the following video might be close enough to the idea to be of interest to Mega Man fans:

HOVERBOARD - NILS GUADAGNIN from nils guadagnin on Vimeo.

The hoverboard seen above was created in 2008 by a young French artist named Nils Guadagnin to be part of an exhibit called, fittingly enough, "Back to the future."

"Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board," he explains on his website "A laser system stabilises the object in the air."

"In the making of this work, I was thinking about different ways of presenting sculpture. In fact it's a reflexion on the multiple possibilities of how to give a sculpture full spatial autonomy."

Though the hoverboard apparently seems to work, the ease and care with which it is placed on its pedestal suggests that, unlike even the board acquired by one Marty McFly, this piece lacks the "POWER" to hover very far off a given surface, or support much heavier weight.

But hey, hoverboard! It's only a matter of time now, right? They still have five years to perfect it and get Mattel to put it into production. Then all the Rush and Proto Shield-styled customs can be made.