Tech March, 4 2014

Doc Brown & Tony Hawk Introduce the World to Real Hoverboards

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While Tinker Hatfield set the Internet ablaze with confirmation that Power Laces would be a reality in 2015, further Back to the Future-esque dreams continue to become a reality. Or maybe not? Dubbed the HUVr, a team claims to have cracked the hover technology and enlisted a number of personalities that include the aforementioned Hawk, Moby and ScHoolboy Q to take them for a spin during an event in Los Angeles.

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.

While it’s relatively clear that we’re dealing with a promotional stunt, it remains to be seen if there’s any truth to HUVr’s aspirations or if there is a brand behind the anti-gravity shenanigans.