Call something a hoverboard, and it’s probably going to sell reasonably well for at least a little while. Heck, you could probably sell a math textbook with terminology like that. But when you get right down to it, the performance of a product, and not the name is what will ensure long term success.

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When the hoverboard first hit the scene, it was enormous. Everyone that saw Back to the Future was stoked. Hoverboards: they are finally here.

As we all know, of course, we haven’t quite reached the point of gliding effortlessly through the air. But though our hoverboards don’t actually hover, they do facilitate a pretty good time.

The real question is, just how widespread is that good time? Is the hoverboard still going strong, or is it the modern equivalent of the rollerblade shoe?

Read on to find out how popular hoverboards are!

The Rise

Arguably, the hoverboard had its most significant moment in the spotlight when it first landed on the scene in a major way all the way back in 2015 at a tech expo by inventor Shane Chen. The “self-balancing scooter” (as it is sometimes called) was immediately a smash hit, not just by members of the tech community, but by social media, and celebrity endorsements.

On any given day, you could find rappers, athletes, comedians, even Martha Stewart posting videos of themselves on this cool piece of new technology.

Celebrities make a thing cool right? And the tech also spoke for itself. The novelty, as well as the potential to perform interesting skateboard-style tricks on the hoverboard,  made it an excellent fit for the social media/video sharing era. It’s so easy to find videos of famous folk and average Joes alike doing cool stuff with a hoverboard online.

What followed was several years of major sales and publicity. Did it last?

A Hurdle

As the product swelled before the public, disturbing reports circulated in the background. Chief among them? Some hoverboards explode. That’s right: explode.

The meteoric rise of this product meant the mass production of a technology that hadn’t experienced much oversite at all. As a result, safety measures were often lacking, which resulted both in accidents and in more severe problems, like spontaneous fires. Some people even lost their homes.

As these safety concerns became more well known, the popularity of the hoverboard did take a hit. The boards being produced today are (generally speaking) safer than those that were in circulation a couple of years ago. But the damage was done: hoverboards were no longer the darling of social media.

The State of Hoverboards as it Stands Today:

So, are hoverboards still cool? Of course, they are! They may not be as popular as they were a couple of years ago, but then that’s just the way that the world works (especially the world of technology).

Tech items can’t expect to claim the number one spot for too long, but there are plenty of reasons to suspect that the hoverboard has longevity on its side.

For one thing, they are just convenient. Fast, relatively lightweight with most boards averaging around 25 pounds and just fun to control, they are a good fit for a wide variety of users. Skateboarders and even college students can find much to like about hoverboards.
They are also just getting a lot better than they used to be. When the hoverboard initially hit the scene it was still in its infancy. Since then, the safety features have vastly improved. Fires and explosions are much less likely to occur with the major hoverboards currently on the market.

They also just perform better. Better sensors, faster speeds, more unique features, and settings. Like any technological concept, it is developing and improving over time. Is the hoverboard as big as it once was? Maybe not.

However, this doesn’t mean that the hoverboard is a thing of the past. In fact, as technology continues to improve, it’s safe to say that it will continue being a popular means of recreation for the foreseeable future.