Friday, March 7, 2014

Are HUVr Boards Real?

HUVr Board
For those who are hoping that the hottest gadget in their favourite 80’s movie, "Back to the Future" will finally become real, then they would easily welcome a news report that says “the future has arrived” with the hover-board.

The awesome extreme boards were featured in 1989 during the second part of the three-part movie and are now the focus of everyone’s attention after a YouTube video showing Tony Hawk cruising around in a flying skateboard. The video is making rounds online and has already generated about 1.6 million views.

A company known as HUVr released the video purporting to be a "completely real" demonstration of celebrities such as Hawk, Moby, Terrelle Owens, Schoolboy Q, and Agnes Bruckner riding HUVr Boards around downtown Los Angeles. The alleged “complete real” demonstration was quickly picked up by several sites and tech blogs which raised the question: Are these HUVr Boards actually real?

We wanted it to be real, but we just can't have everything that we wanted, can we? A closer look at the legal section of HUVr's website 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."

The disclaimer will offer a shroud of doubt, but when you add the evidence offered by the video itself, that shroud could easily become a dark cloud hanging over the facts of the case. At 2:10 mark of the video, it is clear that wires attached to a harness are the real cause of Terrelle Owens lifting into the air.

Also, 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."

The good thing is that even if the video of the hoverboard is not true, it fuelled enough discussion to make some investors reconsider their future options and to revisit the “Back to the Future” movie to find out what makes it interesting in today’s generation.

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