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[The Verge] Doc Brown and Tony Hawk show off a real-life hoverboard (or not)

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Seemingly out of nowhere, a major promotional campaign for a "real" hoverboard known as HUVr has launched online today. It all began with a pair of bizarre video clips featuring testimonials from celebrities including Tony Hawk, Moby, and Back to the Future's own Christopher Lloyd. One clip shows Lloyd delivering the HUVr to Hawk, followed by demonstrations that are "completely real" — at least if you believe whoever is behind the mysterious PR push. They're calling themselves HUVr Corp and claim to have a staff filled with "materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity."

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/4/5470408/doc-brown-tony-hawk-show-off-huvr-real-life-hoverboard



I'm calling it. This will probably end up being an April Fool's joke.
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Saw this on r/skateboarding. I want SO badly for it to be true, tho if it was I feel like there would have been a smidge more info about HOW it works in the video.. Seeing as how there is NO description what so ever, I think its fake frown.gif

EDIT, also now taht I watch it again. looksfakeman.jpg
Edited by Capwn - 3/4/14 at 3:12pm
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I call shinanigans...
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post #4 of 49
The reason it's fake, is that not a single person in the video is wearing safety gear. No way they would let people who do not know how to skateboard get on a Hover Board without safety gear.
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Seems legit, it uses magnets and stuff
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Originally Posted by Ksireaper View Post

The reason it's fake, is that not a single person in the video is wearing safety gear. No way they would let people who do not know how to skateboard get on a Hover Board without safety gear.
There was a segment that specifically said "some people felt more safe wearing safety gear".
post #7 of 49
This definitely belongs in rumors.


Even your source says so;
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Obviously the product we're seeing here is bogus — despite some convincing video trickery. We've thus far been unable to find any record of such a company existing or any trademarks filed for HUVr.

I also agree with the source that it could be any of these possibilities;
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Is it all a carefully crafted teaser for Tony Hawk's upcoming mobile game? This seems like a very elaborate production if the end goal is boosting App Store sales. Perhaps an Oculus Rift-style virtual reality title (HUVr) could be on the way. Or is this viral campaign meant to stir up early anticipation for another Back to the Future film? Maybe those self-lacing Nike shoes?
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Of course! Magnets would work all over the earth, because of the earth's natural magnetic field! Duh!

P.S. @HUVr: It's not April 1st yet. wink.gif
   
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It's fake. At one point you can see a man skating forward using his foot however it is not on the ground and without friction there is not enough total force to result in the acceleration obtained.
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That is so cheesy.
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