Growing up I am sadly old enough to remember various technology shows telling us how in the year 2000 we will all be served by robots and supercomputers will control everything and be the size of warehouses! Well those things might not have happened yet, but the personal hovercraft they predicted being the personal transport of the future is here, and in some rather unusual shapes and styles…
10 – Not back from any future
This was originally a Kickstarter bid that thankfully got all its funding. Sure it might well be a one-off custom build, but the design of it is available if you fancy building on yourself. Let’s face it, anything based on the back to the Future DeLorean is cool, and this is no exception.
9 – The best of the Best
As with a lot of these personal hovercraft’s they cost the earth, but mostly because of the technology inside them costs so much to make. This one from Mercier-Jones is the ultimate in luxury and looks simply incredible. So if you want the best that is a “Supercraft” above this rest, this is the one for you.
8 –The one from the wagon.
Stylish, Modern and very very sporty looking. This is the stunning Volkswagen Aqua and it is, in fact, a redesign from a model in the 50’s and 60’s. But given a modern twist it really could well be the way we get about in the future. Or at least I would like it to be anyway.
7 – The Wind Machine
Just like the next one you are about to see, this is a very vintage hovercraft indeed. Made in the 70’s by Windcraft M&M Inc it is the perfect personal hovercraft. Small, light and very space age looking. Even now I think these looks amazing, let alone in the 70’s.
6 – In the 60’s
Sometimes you have to look into the past to see the future. I forget who said that, but whoever it was is absolutely right. This amazing personal hovercraft called an “Air Car” is what was being designed in the 60’s and that is why a lot of technology TV shows and books saw them as the future. But of course we know differentially now.
5 – Air Board
Did those old 80’s technology programs really get it so wrong? Well, after all, most of these machines are very real things, and the only aspect that they got wrong is that they are mostly used for recreational purposes nowadays and not the personal transport systems that they thought it would be. So a closer prediction, but certainly no cigar.
4 – DIY
IT is not going to win any fancy design awards, it will not win a race or get review points for manoeuvrability. But it might well be the closest thing many of us get to owning our own hover crafts. Said to cost under $500 it is an absolute steal and the perfect hobby build.
3 – Shark Attack
This concept designed hovercraft looks very much inspired by the Ghost hover ships in the Halo videogames. But this is no game, this was a well planned and expertly executed design that might well one day go on to be a real thing. But for now these designs are as good as it gets.
2 – Tee off, the ground.
It didn’t make it into my post “Top 10 Golf Carts” but it would have if I had known about it. At just under $60K it is one very expensive round of golf, but if you got the money why not! And after all it hovers across the ground and doesn’t damage the grass like a cart does. Good for you and the green.
1 – Flying the Future
Not only did a lot of early technology programs predict hover crafts as personal transport equipment, but they also said we would all have flying cars! Well, this is an amazing combination of the 2. At a little under $200,000 it is not cheap, but words alone can’t tell you how much I would want one. Now all I need is a pilots licence and a lottery win.