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Old March 5 2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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The Back to the Future hoverboard is finally here!!

The Back to the Future hoverboard is finally here!!

http://youtu.be/A4vE_vpkr90

Is this real?? If it is, it is the coolest thing ever!
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Old March 5 2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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From what I'm reading on the Washington Times, this an elaborate marketing campaign dreamed up by Nike for the launch of a new line of shoes in 2015.
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Old March 5 2014, 04:05 PM   #3
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From what I'm reading on the Washington Times, this an elaborate marketing campaign dreamed up by Nike for the launch of a new line of shoes in 2015.
So that's why they didn't wait until April 1st.

How do people propel themselves? I mean, on the real device or the marketing fake. Seems like antigravity is one thing but locomotion is another issue.

From Techcrunch:

If you're looking for a well-crafted but ultimately very fake video about hoverboard technology featuring Moby, Terrell Owens, Tony Hawk and Dr. Emmett Brown himself, today is your lucky day. The video above is exactly what I've described, featuring a weird cast of cameos and what appears to be a fake tech team powering everything, plus a soundtrack with Chromeo and Best Coast. Also there's a Mark Cuban endorsement to complete the strange assembly.

The tagline is that the "Future Has Arrived," when in fact it hasn’t. Aside from being a clear (though still technically impressive) fake, the website for this demo and fake company also shows a counter with December 2014 as the projected "destination time" for whatever's going on here. That could just be part of the artificial HUVr product dressing, but it could also be when whatever's being promoted here breaks cover.
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Old March 5 2014, 04:10 PM   #4
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billcosby wrote: View Post
So that's why they didn't wait until April 1st.

How do people propel themselves? I mean, on the real device or the marketing fake. Seems like antigravity is one thing but locomotion is another issue.

From Techcrunch:

[FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]If you're looking for a well-crafted but ultimately very fake video about hoverboard technology featuring Moby, Terrell Owens, Tony Hawk and Dr. Emmett Brown himself, today is your lucky day. The video above is exactly what I've described, featuring a weird cast of cameos and what appears to be a fake tech team powering everything, plus a soundtrack with Chromeo and Best Coast. Also there's a Mark Cuban endorsement to complete the strange assembly.

The tagline is that the "Future Has Arrived," when in fact it hasn’t. Aside from being a clear (though still technically impressive) fake, the website for this demo and fake company also shows a counter with December 2014 as the projected "destination time" for whatever's going on here. That could just be part of the artificial HUVr product dressing, but it could also be when whatever's being promoted here breaks cover. [/SIZE][/FONT]

While the Hoverboard as seen in Back to the Future is a long way off in terms of future tech - I can see however the shoes in BTTF which were Nike's of the future that self laced as possible tech today. In fact it is:

Nike designer says yes to self lacing shoes in 2015

The fictional Nike Air Mag sneakers from Back to the Future Part II became a reality in 2011, when Nike auctioned off 1,500 pairs to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The shoes featured a glowing LED panel, an electroluminescent Nike logo, and a battery that kept them lighted for five hours between charges. There was just one problem — they didn't lace themselves automatically the way they did in the movie.
But that may be about to change. Sole Collector reports that during an appearance in New Orleans, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield suggested that Marty McFly's dream shoes might be on their way after all. "Are we gonna see power laces in 2015?" he said, according to the publication. "To that, I say YES!" There's no telling how serious Hatfield is, but he's certainly given sneakerheads reason to hope. If only the outlook for flying cars were as bright.
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Old March 6 2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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Some of those props looked very crude. And they couldn't rent one of the DeLoreans already decked out as the Outatime? Lots of fans have built them.
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Old March 6 2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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We'll know the future has arrived when teenagers start wearing their pants inside out.
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Old March 6 2014, 08:03 PM   #7
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How do people propel themselves?
Body lean? The more you lean, the faster you go, to stop lean back. Just guess work on my part.

I wonder if they would be street legal?

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Old March 10 2014, 03:39 PM   #8
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Romulan_spy wrote: View Post
The Back to the Future hoverboard is finally here!!

http://youtu.be/A4vE_vpkr90

Is this real?? If it is, it is the coolest thing ever!
How can anyone watch this and think it's real? Has no one ever been on the internet before or seen CGI before?

Or thought, "Hey, if this type of technology existed maybe the first thing it's used for WOULDN'T be to make a flying skateboard?"
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Old March 11 2014, 02:08 AM   #9
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Romulan_spy wrote: View Post
The Back to the Future hoverboard is finally here!!

http://youtu.be/A4vE_vpkr90

Is this real?? If it is, it is the coolest thing ever!
How can anyone watch this and think it's real? Has no one ever been on the internet before or seen CGI before?

Or thought, "Hey, if this type of technology existed maybe the first thing it's used for WOULDN'T be to make a flying skateboard?"
That's what I thought. First, if an antigravity device were to have actually been invented, I doubt the BTTF hoverboard would be the first item that would be built based on that technology (I can picture the military salivating over such a discovery. Imagine all the drones they could build that don't even need motors or rotorblades of any kind)

And even if it were for real, have you guys ever tried to slide on a piece of wet ice? Now imagine trying to slide on something that has zero friction!

Only way it would be feasibly possible is if you have matching "hover shoulder attachments" that stabilize the top half of your body to stay upright. Even then you'd still be at the mercy of a little gust of wind.

Sadly, I am obsessed with the idea of flying cars, but realistically I can't see a way to build one that doesn't look like a Cessna with user removable wings, mainly because of the stability issue. A true flying Delorean would get tossed about like a piece of paper and probably would smash against the ground on its maiden voyage (unless we could come up with some "fly by wire" antigravity activation)

As for the hoverboard, why would you want that pink Mattel one? I rather have the Pitbull hoverboard
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Old March 11 2014, 02:32 AM   #10
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Flying cars will never make it because they are simply too big of a security risk. It won't be because of technical difficulties. You simply cannot have hovering and flying cars in a city environment. End of story.
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Old March 11 2014, 03:41 AM   #11
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Flying cars will never make it because they are simply too big of a security risk. It won't be because of technical difficulties. You simply cannot have hovering and flying cars in a city environment. End of story.
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Old March 14 2014, 07:49 PM   #12
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So I am wondering. Could a magnetic track be made and enough power generated that a board of this nature could lift a person while over the track? I don't know the power requirements for that. If they wore a battery vest that plugged into the board would this be even remotely possible?
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Old March 22 2014, 05:52 PM   #13
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Flying cars will never make it because they are simply too big of a security risk. It won't be because of technical difficulties. You simply cannot have hovering and flying cars in a city environment. End of story.
Certainly. ^^
There's also a major case against (wasn't this on Mythbusters?) that suggested a car was physically too small to contain the power source required to lift it off the ground in the first place.

Anyway, this was a really fucking stupid 'marketing campaign' and I'm glad people have forgotten about it already, it basically did nothing but spread misinformation and made people even stupider (I still recall when this first happened in 1989 when everyone thought hoverboards were real because of what Zemekis or Gale said in an interview, jokingly).

Why, Chris Llyod, why??
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