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A Hoverboard (or hover board) is a futuristic hovering deck, resembling a skateboard without wheels or trucks. The name is a portmanteau of the words "hover" and "skateboard". They were prominently featured in the films Back to the Future Part II in 1989, and Back to the Future Part III in 1990, where Mattel made a product branded Hoverboard. Attempts to produce the experience of a Hoverboard with available technology have involved hovercraft (or air-cushion) vehicles. For other uses, see Levitation (disambiguation). ... A standard skateboard An old-school skateboard 1970s surfer print fiberglass skateboard A skateboard is a four wheeled platform used for the activity of skateboarding. ... A portmanteau (IPA: ) is a word or morpheme that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 film and the first sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... For the video game based on this film, see Back to the Future Part III (video game). ... This article is about the year. ... Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ... For the band, see Hovercraft (band). ...

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Back to the Future

In the Back to the Future series, the Hoverboard model was a hover device marketed by Mattel, invented between the years 1985 and 2015. These devices were capable of floating above almost any surface, but riders are still required to push off the ground with their feet to gain forward momentum, and therefore are often left helpless if left hovering above ice, water or other low traction surfaces. However, as shown in the film, the "Pitbull"-model Hoverboard, fitted with two rear-facing jets for propulsion, was capable of crossing water and similar surfaces. Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ... This article is about the year. ... For the video game developer, see 2015, Inc. ...


The Hoverboard was first introduced in Back to the Future Part II when Marty McFly (under disguise as his son, Marty, Jr.) used it to get away from Griff Tannen and his gang. It helped Marty retrieve the almanac from 1955 Biff Tannen later in the movie. Later still, the Hoverboard played a role in the climactic scene of Back to the Future Part III and appeared multiple times in the animated series. Martin Seamus Marty McFly is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Michael J. Fox in the three films and voiced by David Kaufman in the animated series. ... Griff Tannen is a fictional character, an important character in Back to the Future Part II, played by actor Thomas F. Wilson, who played all of the Tannen family members in different time periods of the Back to the Future trilogy. ... Biff Tannen is a fictional character and an antagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in the three films and the ride, and voiced in the animated series by Thomas F. Wilson. ...


The original prop Hoverboard was on display at the Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills until August 2000, when it was auctioned to a private party. Director Robert Zemeckis once joked that Hoverboards were real during an interview, where he claimed that the technology really existed, and parent groups simply would not allow toy manufacturers to produce and market them. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Planet Hollywood at night, Downtown Disney, Florida, USA. Planet Hollywood Niagara Falls, Ontario Planet Hollywood, a theme restaurant chain inspired by the popular portrayal of Hollywood, was launched in New York on October 22, 1991, with the backing of Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Demi Moore. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Robert Lee Bob Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American movie director, producer and writer. ...


Popular culture

Video games

Hoverboards have made appearances in several video games, such as Hoverboard ASDF, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star Universe, Jazz Jackrabbit, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 , EyeToy: Antigrav, There, TrickStyle, Jak II, Jak 3, Unreal Tournament 3, Rocket Power: Beach Bandits , Ratchet and Clank , the Mega Man series and The Urbz: Sims in the City, DS and GBA version. Computer and video games redirects here. ... Hoverboard ASDF is a South Korean-developed online racing video game. ... Conkers Bad Fur Day is a Nintendo 64 video game developed and published by Rare, and distributed by Nintendo. ... Kid Chameleon is a platform game released for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... Phantasy Star Universe ) (PSU) is a video game by Segas Sonic Team for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. ... Jazz Jackrabbit Jazz Jackrabbit is the title character of a series of platform games. ... Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a platform game produced by Epic MegaGames, now known as Epic Games. ... Eye Toy : AntiGrav is a hoverboard game by Sony, released in early November 2004. ... There is a 3-D online virtual world created by Will Harvey and Jeffrey Ventrella. ... TrickStyle (AKA, Trick Style, Trickstyle) is a game released for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Jak II, called Jak II: Renegade in Europe, is a science fiction platform game developed by Naughty Dog. ... Jak 3 is a video game for Sonys PlayStation 2 console developed by Naughty Dog. ... UT3 redirects here. ... Ratchet and Clank is a popular video game for the Playstation 2 developed by Insomniac Games, creators of the Spyro series for the original Playstation. ... Mega Man firing his weapon while in Shadow Mans stage from Mega Man 3 (NES). ... The Sims is a strategy/simulation computer game, created by game designer Will Wright and published by Maxis. ... The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ...


The Playstation 2 game Airblade was based completely around a hoverboard using next-generation anti-gravity technology. PS2 redirects here. ... Cover art AirBlade is a futuristic sports game developed by Criterion Games and Namco. ...


In the video game Final Fantasy VIII, the character Zell Dincht is briefly seen riding a hoverboard-like device. Final Fantasy VIII ) is a console and computer role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ...


Xbox Live Arcade game Street Trace NYC is a futuristic hoverboard combat racing game. Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... Street Trace NYC is a combat hoverboard racing game set in the Outer Boroughs of New York City by independent software developer Gaia Industries for the Xbox 360s Xbox Live Arcade online service. ...


In Unreal Tournament III's trailer a fighter is seen with a character on a hoverboard on the back firing a weapon.


In October 2007, the MMORPG Anarchy Online introduced hoverboards into the game as part of a system where subscribers can pay cash money to purchase in-game items. An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... Anarchy Online (AO) [1] is a science fiction MMORPG released in June 2001 by Funcom set on the world of Rubi-Ka and its extra-dimensional twin, the Shadowlands. ...


The Sega video games Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity are based around hoverboards and other hovering vehicles. This article is about the video game company. ... Sonic Riders ) is a racing game developed by Sonic Teams UGA Division (a second-party developer for SEGA) for the video game consoles Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC DVD-ROM. It is the fourth racing game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, preceded by Sonic...


Television

On the television show MythBusters, Jamie Hyneman and his team built a makeshift hovercraft, dubbed the Hyneman Hoverboard, from a surfboard and leaf-blowers. MythBusters is an American popular science television program on the Discovery Channel starring American special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors, urban legends and news stories in popular culture. ... James Earl Hyneman (born September 25, 1956), known as Jamie Hyneman, is an American visual effects expert, best known for being the co-host of the television series MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ...


On an episode of Da Ali G Show, Ali G meets with institutional investors and suggests that they begin to market a hoverboard (which was just a skateboard with the wheels removed). Da Ali G Show was the name of two related satirical TV series starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and featuring the character Ali G. The original (single season) series was made by Channel 4 in the UK, and the second (two season) series by Channel 4 in the UK...


Cartoons

In an episode of Ben 10, Ben receives a hoverboard as a sort of gift from an alien belonging to Diamondhead's race. Ben 10 is an American animated television series created by Man of Action (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. ...


In the French animated series Code Lyoko, Odd's vehicle is a hoverboard called the Overboard. Code Lyoko is a French animated television series featuring both conventional animation and CGI animation. ... Odd Della Robbia is a fictional character in the French animated television series Code Lyoko. ...


In the anime Eureka Seven, Renton (and most of the other characters) ride(s) a bodyboard sized hovering surfboard that utilizes an atmospheric energy phenomenon, called trapar, as a means of lift and propulsion. Animé redirects here. ... Original run 17 April 2005 – 2 April 2006 Episodes 50 Manga Author Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou Publisher Kadokawa Shoten Serialized in Shonen Ace Original run 26 July 2005 – 26 September 2006 Volumes 6 Manga: Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl Author Miki Kizuki Publisher Kadokawa Shoten Serialized in Comptiq Original run...


In the Hanna Barbera series The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Jonny has a hoverboard that he uses frequently. Hanna-Barbera was an animated cartoon production company that dominated television animation during the second half of the 20th century. ... The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and broadcast on Cartoon Network from August 26, 1996 to April 16, 1997. ...


In the animated series Get Ed, Ed's primary mode of transportation is a transforming hoverboard. Get Ed is a computer animated television series which debuted in the year 2005 and as of 2007 is airing as part of the Jetix programming block on the United States cable television network Toon Disney and also used to run on the ABC Family channel before they switched over...


The 1996 Flash Gordon cartoon series featured many characters using hoverboards. Most of the associated action figures featured hoverboards as accessories. For other uses, see Flash Gordon (disambiguation). ...

Harry on his Hoverboard
Harry on his Hoverboard

In Transformers: The Movie, Daniel rides a hoverboard before hitting a rock and being caught by Hot Rod. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


Near the end of the first part of the 2nd season finale of the 2003-2005 Cartoon Network series Duck Dodgers, Dodgers uses a hoverboard to quickly traverse a junk yard to get to his ship. Duck Dodgers was an American animated television series based on the classic cartoon short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century produced by Warner Bros. ...


In the animated series ThunderCats, WilyKit and WilyKat frequently traveled by hoverboard. ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was developed and produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Tobin Ted Wolf. ...


In an episode of Jimmy Neutron, when the space aliens come to Retroville, Nick Dean is given a hoverboard as a present from the aliens. This article is about the character. ...


In the animated children's series ReBoot, many of the show's characters fly around using devices called zip boards, which are somewhat similar to hoverboards, which consist of two circular disks (one for each foot), and a bent triangular piece of metal which connect the two discs. This article is about the television program ReBoot. ...


In the animated seris Static Shock, Static receives a circular hovering device invented by Richie. It is powered by Static's electric powers. Static Shock is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ...


Books

In the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, hoverboards are featured prominently as a main form of transportation. In the books, hoverboards are powered by stored solar energy but rely on magnetism to work; they can travel over the magnetic grid that runs throughout the cities and over bodies of water that contain magnetic mineral deposits. Accessories used in conjunction with the hoverboards include belly sensors, navel-ring like devices that tell the board the rider's center of gravity; and crash bracelets, which stop the rider in mid-air to prevent serious injury in case of a fall. However, crash bracelets can also potentially harm the rider; if the rider falls from a great height, the sudden stop can cause arm and shoulder injuries. Uglies is the first book in The Uglies Trilogy, written by Scott Westerfeld about a young girl named Tally Youngblood. ... Scott Westerfeld (born May 5, 1963) is a New York Times bestselling author of science fiction and young adult literature. ...


Movies

In Spider-Man 3, Harry Osborn has a flying board similar to a hoverboard, named a Sky Stick. Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. ... This article is about the Marvel Comics character. ...


Real world

Several companies have drawn on currently available hovercraft technology to create hoverboard-like products. Alternatively, the Airboard is a disc shaped hovercraft a bit over 6 ft in diameter, but does not resemble the Hoverboard depicted in Back to the Future II. For the band, see Hovercraft (band). ... The Airboard is the first commercially-marketed single-person hovercraft/hoverboard. ...


Rumors circulated in 2001 that inventor Dean Kamen's new invention, codenamed Ginger, was a transportation device resembling the Hoverboard. In reality Ginger was the Segway Human Transporter, a self-balancing two-wheeled electric transportation device. This article is about the year. ... Dean Kamen on one of his inventions, the Segway PT. President Clinton and Kamen in the White House, Kamen riding his innovative invention, the iBOT Mobility System. ... For the musical form, see Invention (music). ... Segway in the Robot museum in Nagoya. ...


References

External links

  • Space Magnetics Experiments with gravity repelling technology and magnetic shielding
  • Jason Bradbury DIY Hoverboard: Walk-through
  • Hovertech Developer of Plasmagnetic Levitation, ferrofluid levitation, and other levitation methods
The Back to the Future trilogy is a science fiction film trilogy written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, directed by Zemeckis and distributed by Universal Pictures. ... This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ... Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 film and the first sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future. ... For the video game based on this film, see Back to the Future Part III (video game). ... Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the most prominent member of the McFly family in the movies. ... Martin Seamus Marty McFly is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Michael J. Fox in the three films and voiced by David Kaufman in the animated series. ... George Douglas McFly is a fictional lead character in the first Back to the Future motion picture, played by actor Crispin Glover, and a minor character in the 2 sequels, played by Jeffrey Weissman. ... Lorraine Baines McFly is a fictional character, a lead character in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actress Lea Thompson. ... Jennifer Jane Parker is a fictional character, a character in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actress Claudia Wells in the first film, actress Elisabeth Shue in the 2 sequels, and voiced by Cathy Cavadini in the animated series. ... Seamus and Maggie McFly are fictional characters in the Back to the Future films. ... Dr. Emmett Lathrop Doc Brown is a fictional character, one of the lead characters in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Christopher Lloyd in the three films and the live action sequences of the animated series. ... Clara Clayton is a fictional character, one of the lead characters in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in Back to the Future Part III and voiced in the animated series by Mary Steenburgen. ... Jules Eratosthenes Brown is a fictional character in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in Back to the Future Part III by Todd Cameron Brown and voiced in the animated series by Josh Keaton. ... Verne Newton Brown is a fictional character in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in Back to the Future Part III by Daniel Evans and voiced in the animated series by Troy Davidson. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Biff Tannen is a fictional character and an antagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in the three films and the ride, and voiced in the animated series by Thomas F. Wilson. ... Griff Tannen is a fictional character, an important character in Back to the Future Part II, played by actor Thomas F. Wilson, who played all of the Tannen family members in different time periods of the Back to the Future trilogy. ... Buford Mad Dog Tannen is a fictional character, born in 1846, in Back to the Future Part III — he is a town outlaw in Hill Valley, California, in the year 1885. ... The soundtrack to the hit 1985 film Back to the Future, the Back to the Future Soundtrack was released in May 1985 under MCA. // Two 1950s hits Marty encounters when he arrives in 1955, Mr. ... Back to the Future video games are a series of video games based on the movie trilogy with the same name. ... The Power of Love is the title of a 1985 single by Huey Lewis & the News written for and featured in the film Back to the Future. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... The Back to the Future film trilogy presents a detailed local history of the fictitious city of Hill Valley and the genealogies of its residents. ... In the Back to the Future trilogy, the De Lorean time machine is the fictional time travelling vehicle used by Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to travel through the history of their hometown of Hill Valley, a fictional city located in Northern California. ... This article contains speculation and may try to argue its points. ... The set of the Hill Valley courthouse at the Universal Studios backlot Hill Valley is a fictional Californian town that serves as the setting of the Back to the Future trilogy and its animated spin-off series. ...

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A Hoverboard is a fictional futuristic hovering deck, resembling a skateboard without wheels or trucks.
The original prop Hoverboard was on display at the Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills until August 2000, when it was auctioned to a private party.
Rumors circulated in 2001 that inventor Dean Kamen's new invention, codenamed Ginger, was a transportation device resembling the Hoverboard.
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Hoverboard rips off the hook and threatens Sixsix, which Sixsix responds to in kind, only in a language that is understood only by the hunters.
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