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You are here: > News > March 5, 2014; ~8 am Mountain

Hoverboard and Anti-Gravity are finally here via HUVrTech [HOAX]

In 2010, a group of MIT graduate students launched an ambitious project resulting in an announcement on March 3 that the first application, a Hoverboard, has arrived (Available by Dec. 2014). "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."

March 5, noon Mountain Update

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

A couple of years ago, on our Anti-Gravity page at PESWiki, I posted an image of someone on a levitating skateboard with caption: "SCIENTISTS, You Have 3 Years: The movie Back to the Future had flying skateboards in the year 2015 (not to mention what the black-budget secret ops have). So come on, all you counter-gravity inventors, let's pick up the pace."

Might this actually materialize?

Last night, I was given a link to a facebook page with a video about the Hoverboard finally being here. As of this morning, 6:45 am Mountain, that page has accumulated nearly 200,000 shares, 22,000 likes -- nearly ten times more shares than likes. People are passing this around like crazy.

In case you've not already seen it, here's a copy of the video from YouTube which has already received over 3.1 million views since being posted March 3. It features the famous, now aged Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future (from nearly 30 years ago) driving up in his DeLorean, and giving kudos to the group for pulling this off, above his expectations, as he appears to end up with one of the prototypes.

As you glance through the comments, the overwhelming sentiment is "FAKE!!!" Obviously, this isn't a claim that has deterred me before, because I know that all major breakthroughs receive this kneejerk response at first. However, at first exposure last night, I decided to not post something about this, given the level of questions in my own mind about whether it is an actual campaign.

I sided with the commenters that it appears that the promotional footage -- at least part of it -- is staged, not actual.

However, this morning, John Byde from the UK gave me a link to the official website: 

It features the same video, but as you poke around on the few pages on the site, it appears that this is not a hoax, but an actual endeavor out of MIT, with launch date set as "December 2014". They have a Legal Terms page which seems genuine. But the most convincing thing that shows this is genuine is their About Us page.

The caption under the photo says it all:

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.

So, they're introducing their technology via a toy -- a skateboard -- to finance the more sophisticated and important applications. 

The description in their video states simply:

They're here.

And at time stamp 0:56, the text states (emphasis added):

In February, 2014 HUVR Tech hosted an event in downtown Los Angeles. The following demonstrations are completely real.

So if that intro video is "fake", then these guys are fraudsters begging for criminal charges with statements like this.

A second video, labeled "How", just over 1 minute long, says "This board has more technology in it than the satellites we sent up in 2010."

Note that in addition to their charger, they even have an Operating Guide worked up.

Counteracting your expectations about this being potentially one the most dangerous products conceivable, they say, "we want this to be the safest product on the market," with its auto-correction features, way beyond the Segway.

But not just safe. Simple. "Open the box, thirty minutes later, you're good to go."

Billy Zane, concludes: "Dude, I can't believe you actually did this."

If this is indeed for real, this will be so liberating. 

Imagine when they can hook one of these hoverboards to an adequate exotic free energy power source, e.g. in a backpack (or then-fashionable fanny pack!), so you never have to stop to recharge. You can go almost anywhere. That's freedom!

A better world awaits us.

That said, I would guess that without such a portable, exotic free energy technology to launch with this hoverboard, it is likely to be met with customer disappointment in the shortness of duration of run-time on one charge.

My only sadness here is that this comes from a mainstream institution, and not from the fringe. We shouldn't be too surprised. We know that the mainstream isn't entirely disfunctional and corrupt. Disruptive technologies for the masses can originate there as well.

HOAX: I totally fell for it

From: Ben Hansen 
To: sterlingda 
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:38 AM

Hello Sterling D. Allan,
The news about the hover board appears to be fake. 

I just emailed the physics department at MIT and the reply was that it is not real:
Carol A Breen 
To Me 
Today at 10:28 AM 

Dear Ben, 

It's a hoax. One blogger who exposes it can be found here: 



Carol A. Breen
Communications and Pappalardo Fellowships Administrator
MIT Department of Physics
77 Mass. Ave., 4-305
Cambridge, MA 02139

E: breen...
T: 617.452.3040

That is too bad. I don't know why anyone would want to fake a hover board, maybe to get people to work on making one. Anyways just letting you know. 

benjamin w. hansen, MLIS
San Francisco, CA

You can see from that the guy portrayed in the HUVr videos as an MIT scientist is actually Nelson Cheng, an actor.

Here are some observations:

From: Thomas Buyea 
To: sterlingda 
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 1:22 PM [Mountain]
Subject: I Think I have Solved the hoverboard Illusion ?

I Think I have Solved the hoverboard Illusion ?

First I know that wires that hold up an actor can be digitally removed after a scene is shot.

So look at 3:30 to 3:36 time in the video and see part of a large out of place piece of heavy equipment and it's large tire on the right side of the screen, Probably the crane that held up the actors on a wire ?

Second look at 3:00 to 3:06 and see the board floated between two actors with a bottle of water on it, Notice how it curves up as is swings to the right at the very end of it's travel like it is on a pendulum ark hanging on a wire ?

Then look at 4:16 to 4:25 the girl sitting on the hoverboard feet off the ground swinging back and forth on an ark and like sideways on a swing ?

All point out that they were supported on a wire, Also most other shots by the non experts were very short covering up the ark that would have been seen.

There is also something fishy about how the hoverboard is out of camera view for a split second when it is dropped and then stops just before hitting the ground, Also many of the video shots are in slow motion covering up something ?

The one high swing at 4:25 to the right over a wooden ramp also shows the right hand half of an ark shaped swing a smaller swing is visible at 4:16 

The crane wheel in the video also has it's extra balance arm swung out and activated so it is lifting it's own wheel / probably all 4 wheels off the ground the way these things get better balance and stability when being used !

They Are BUSTED !!! (;^))

My question is why Christopher Lloyd -- that is him shown in the video -- would prostitute himself like this for some silly viral marketing campaign based on a bogus pitch. I, for one, don't think it's funny. [Update. Here is a video of Lloyd's rebuttal.]

Ditto for Billy Zane. Whatever it is that this is pitching had better be really good, or this is going to backfire with the letdown that doesn't at all match the expectations this promo raises.

Maybe the emergence of an actual exotic technology could fill in for these scammers who think it's funny to make fun of people's hopes for a hoverboard. If things were not up-side-down in the world, that is what MIT would be producing -- not fraudulently, with a conflict of interest, blackballing cold fusion, like they did back in the days of Martin Fleishmann's announcement.

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