If you’ve seen the 1989 film “Back to the Future Part II,” you’ve at least considered how awesome hover-boarding would be, if not full-on fantasized about cruising around every day on a flying skateboard.
Well if a new YouTube video making the rounds on the Internet this week is to be believed, “The future has arrived.”
A company known as HUVr released a video purporting to be a “completely real” demonstration of celebrities -- including Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrelle Owens, Schoolboy Q, and Agnes Bruckner -- riding HUVr Boards around downtown Los Angeles. The video shoots straight to the nostalgic fan in all of us with a DeLorean and an introduction by Christopher Lloyd. One of the HUVr Boards is even modeled after the bright pink hover-board that Marty McFly rides around in the movie.
The whole thing just seems way too good to be true, which begs the question: Are HUVr Boards actually becoming a reality?
Well, HUVr has an authentic-seeming website set up, and says the project began in the summer of 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program.
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“Our team consists of materials science, electricity [and] magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity,” HUVr’s website says. “The HUVr board team ultimately aims to improve the efficiency, speed and sustainability of mass transportation.”
The website even has four different styles of HUVr Boards and allow for optional handle boards for stability. HUVr claims that its boards are “super solid” and have footpads that allow the boards to “turn on a dime.” There is even a HUVr App that connects a user’s smartphone to the HUVr Board via Bluetooth to track routes, distance, speed and travel time.
Hawk and Mark Cuban, the venture capitalist and owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, are listed as partners.
“Once in a rare while do you get the chance to be part of something this big,” Cuban is quoted as saying on the website. “This is one of those times. I’ve never been so excited for a product I’ve invested in. This f**king thing is going to change the world!”
It seems pretty real until you dive into the legal section of HUVr’s website, which says, “the inclusion of any products or services on this website at a particular time does not imply or warrant that these products or services will be available at any time.”
There are also clues in the video that it’s a hoax. At 2:10, it is clear that wires attached to a harness are the real cause of Terrelle Owens lifting into the air.
HUVr’s website says that the HUVr Board demonstration is a marketing scheme to attract investors, saying that the team and investors are “marketing this exciting consumer product in order to fund ongoing R&D.”
Even though HUVr Boards likely aren’t on their way anytime soon, HUVr could be developing some very exciting technology. This YouTube video certainly got the Internet talking about them.
International Business Times has reached out to the HUVr to find out more about the company and will update this article if we receive a statement.