Does HUVr Tech's Hoverboard Video Tease Back To The Future 4?
Yesterday afternoon two videos were posted online by a Youtube channel called HUVr Tech. The videos featured a series of celebrities testing out a real life hoverboard that was brought on set by Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd. Cue some furious debate as to whether or not the video was real. In fairness to the believers, this thing looks like the real deal. The slow motion shots of celebrities cruising around atop the homage to 1980's science fiction were both nostalgic and convincing, but ultimately not real. However, it's safe to say that if HUVr Tech had successfully mastered the technology behind a real-life hoverboard, they would be entering the market with a bigger bang than a viral Youtube video. So let's all just move past the 'Real' or 'Fake' argument eh?
So, we know this video is a fake (oh cruel world), but what we don't know is why it was made. Tony Hawk, Terrell Owens, Moby and Billy Zane all had a go on the magical HUVr Tech's invention and all raved about how much fun it was. The production quality that has gone into this video and its accomplice is pretty damn great and HUVr Tech's website isn't too shabby either. Here's what the HUVr Tech's site has to say about the mysterious entity:
"What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity.
"The HUVr Board team ultimately aims to improve the efficiency, speed and sustainability of mass transportation. Yet rather than spend several more years closed off from the world while investing in research and development, the team and our world-class investors have worked to change the economics R&D by marketing this exciting consumer product in order to fund ongoing R&D."
It's a nice blurb, but it doesn't get us any closer to the bottom of things. There's almost no real information to be gleamed from the website as it is a protected entity and has been since the end of last year. At the top of the site is a date stamp that looks almost identical to the clock seen in Back to the Future's DeLorean. The 'Present Time' says March 2014 and the 'Destination Time' sits at December 2014. So, I'm trying not to freak out here, but is there a chance that this is actually teasing a fourth Back to the Future movie? I almost don't want to let myself believe it after the crushing disappointment of learning that the Hoverboard was fake, but a viral campaign like would be fitting for the return of a movie franchise as popular as Back to the Future.
Of course, there are other suggestions. Some believe this to be the latest in a long line of TV show pranks by the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, whereas others are suggesting this is just an incredibly irritating collaboration between some university media students.