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    Exclamation Hoverboards Are Real!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    I've been a huge fan of the Back To The Future trilogy since I was about 7. I've always loved the idea of the hoverboard. It's seemed like the coolest thing ever. Today I bought the BTTF 3-disk set. I popped in the 2nd disk and watched one of the featurettes. I found out how they made the boards look like they were hovering. THEY GOT BOARDS THAT HOVERED!

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    Turns out that hoverboards have been around for years, but parent groups don't let people sell them. A hoverboard would be the coolest present ever. Every person would want one. Who wouldn't want a hoverboard?! A hoverboard has always just been a fantasy to me. Now that I find out they're real...I'm just a little pissed off. I want my hoverboard.
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    yeah, santa claus is real to!

    i think robert zemeckis just about pulled your leg off there.

    if you watch back to the future two closely, you can actually see the cables that held up the "hoverboards" in some scenes.

    if i recall, they are most noticeable in the scenes over water.

    from what i understand, some scenes did use magnets to make the "hoverboard" hover but none where people were standing on them.

    watch the scene closely where m j fox throws down the "hoverboard" in your clip, you can see the cable!

    sorry to smash your dreams.

    the blow dryer jacket and self inflatable nikes, now those were real!
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    watch the scene closely where m j fox throws down the "hoverboard" in your clip, you can see the cable!
    Everything in my clip is unaltered video taken from a TV camera off to the side. If there was a cable you'd be able to see it. I just went through that clip on the DVD frame by frame and no hint of a cable shows up.

    Also, you don't joke in a documentary unless the viewer understands that you're joking. There was no hint of Robert joking while he was talking.

    One more thing. They just can't put actors on tiny flying boards, tell them to fly across a huge pond and expect to get results anywhere close to expectation. They did use wires to make Griff and his gang fly over the camera and into the building and they probably did use wires on most of the water scene.
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    When the movie came out I was in Middle school I think. And our English teacher brought in an article saying the same thing. That they were real, but lots of people lobbied to stop them from being sold.

    That said. The movie also did you cables to keep the actors up. That does not make the boards any less real. Just mean they wanted a good shot without 1000 takes. Not everyone has great balance.

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    I can't even believe it's necessary to point these things out, but:

    Motorcycles are dangerous, but are available. So are personal airplanes. So are hang-gliders. So are bunji-jumping gear. All are available - just not to kids. For those of us over 18, sky's the limit. We're free to smash our brains out, and the manufacturers would waste no time offering us new ways to do it, parents be damned.

    Hovering 'snowboards' would be HUGE - imagine that you could 'board down any hill, anywhere, at any time of year? Not a chance that market would be passed up.

    Plus, if the technology existed to make the things work, there'd be a million other uses for them - hovering wheelchairs, hovering hospital gurneys, hovering cargo dollies, etc.

    But the physics DON'T work - how exactly do you steer a hovering board by leaning? It has no friction with the ground, and would squirt right out from under you. Skateboards steer that way because of the way the wheel mounts are designed. Surfboards steer that way because of friction against the water. To achieve the same effect with air would require a MUCH larger surface area - or a velocity so high, you'd be swept right off the board.

    Zemeckis is having fun with you, and if you had an English teacher who believed they were real, she's a twit.
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    "Motorcycles are dangerous, but are available. So are personal airplanes. So are hang-gliders. So are bunji-jumping gear. All are available - just not to kids. For those of us over 18, sky's the limit. We're free to smash our brains out, and the manufacturers would waste no time offering us new ways to do it, parents be damned."

    Things are not that easy. There is much debate about wether the Seigway should be aloud on public streets and it is not unsafe. So just to say that if your over 18 the sky is the limit. is somewhat wrong. People are very weird when it comes to item that may run on the sidewalk with pedestrians.

    "But the physics DON'T work - how exactly do you steer a hovering board by leaning? It has no friction with the ground, and would squirt right out from under you. Skateboards steer that way because of the way the wheel mounts are designed. Surfboards steer that way because of friction against the water. To achieve the same effect with air would require a MUCH larger surface area - or a velocity so high, you'd be swept right off the board."

    I agree. I went looking through some stuff. The boards in the movie are not real. But many companies proposed prototypes for them, but no patents ever made. Many people still work on it today. Including what many people think will work. A plasma board? Not sure what it is. But you can read about it.

    More Info::
    http://www.hovertech.com/products/index.html
    http://www.hovertech.com/

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    Interesting links. Sounds like they are seriously working on it.

    If they get it working, I predict plenty of media coverage, whether or not they are ever actually offered for sale. I doubt very much we'll have to wait and hear about it in a movie commentary track.

    It also bears mentioning that there ARE hovercraft vehicles out there - they're huge and noisy and use fuel at an obscene rate, but they exist. They maneuver using 'thrusters' - steerable air jets. They do NOT lean - indeed, too much leaning would disrupt the air cushion, and could be disastrous.
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