Is this the hover board we have dreamed about for the past 25 years? Lots of celebrities including Moby, and skate boarding legend Tony Hawk think so:
Every kid from the 1980’s has wanted to try a real life hover board like the one Marty McFly got to use in the 1989 film, Back to the Future II. While the video is surely fake someone put a lot of effort into creating a whole campaign with a professional looking website that promises a launch date for the “Huvr” of December 2014. If they were on CNN right now with a working hover board, then maybe this would be believable; because let’s face it, this would be HUGE news. Huvrtech.com claims the company has solved the key to antigravity!
“What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity.
The HUVr Board team ultimately aims to improve the efficiency, speed and sustainability of mass transportation. Yet rather than spend several more years closed off from the world while investing in research and development, the team and our world-class investors have worked to change the economics R&D by marketing this exciting consumer product in order to fund ongoing R&D.”
If I solved the key to antigravity the first thing I would do is call Christopher Lloyd and Tony Hawk to make a YouTube video. So what’s the point of all this? The good people at Huvr try to take the ruse a little farther with a follow up video “explaining” the technology, which is pretty vague.
“Explaining” How The Hover Board Works
Actual Hover Board, Sort of
This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten our hopes up for a working hover board. In 2010 a French artist created a replica of the pink hover board featured in Back to The Future using electromagnets. While the board actually floated above the magnets, sadly it was just an art piece and could not support the weight of a person standing on it.
The nostalgia for the Back to the Future franchise is reaching epic heights as we are now under a year until 2015, the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited in BTTF Part II. While Nike is finally coming out with self-tying sneakers, you are probably pretty sick of Facebook friends falling for fake images boasting “today is the day they visited in Back to the Future II!” It’s easy to remember they went to 2015, 30 years past 1985, as in the first film Marty went back 30 years to 1955. We won’t have hover boards in 2015, but hey, at least we have Internet memes! That’s cool, right?
While these Back to the Future hoaxes are all in good internet fun, I just pray that the “Huvr board” isn’t some viral video campaign designed to announce the reboot of Back to the Future. There is even a website dedicated to answering this frightening question: HaveTheyRemadeBackToTheFutureYet.com. If they do, the future would really seem more like Biff’s bleak 1985.
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Hover boards don’t work on water!