HUVr Hoax: The Hoverboard Is (Not) Finally Here

by Christopher Freeburn | March 5, 2014 11:09 am

Any Back to the Future fans who thought their hoverboard dreams had finally been fulfilled with the HUVr hoverboard are in for a hard landing[1]. Online videos purporting to show a levitating HUVr hoverboard are a hoax, despite the appearance of celebrities.

The hoverboard first appeared in 1989’s Back to the Future II, carrying Michael J. Fox’s character high above sidewalks. The current HUVr hoverboard hoax videos feature a hoverboard so in tune with 2014 that it can be controlled with apps for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and mobile devices running Google’s (GOOG) Android.

The appearance of the well-make HUVr hoverboard hoax videos may suggest that Hollywood is planning a reboot for the Back to the Future series, but they don’t signal a repeal of the laws of physics.

No matter how good the HUVr hoverboard videos look, or how sincere the testimonials from Moby and Tony Hawk seem, current technology does not support the ability to lift a person’s weight with such a small device, largely due to the sheer power required to do so, ExtremeTech notes.

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