- "There! I did it! Doctor Emmett Brown here. Please pardon the crudity of my broadcast signal, but I'm coming to you from the year 2015. I've managed to re-wire this hovercam, so I can beam transmissions to you people back in the present..."
- —Doc in 2015
Hovercams were robotic cameras used in 2015 to hover to locations of news stories and report on them in live time. The hovercams were capable of generating a story in a short period of time via the use of Compu-Fax.
One hovercam was seen at the Hill Valley Courthouse on October 21, 2015, where it took the photo for the next day's USA Today headline "GANG JAILED", in which Griff Tannen was carted off to jail for vandalism of public property – as well as quoting Griff's loud exclamation of "I was FRAMED!" at the scene.
- While USA Today would no doubt love hovercams like that seen in Back to the Future Part II to help gather news stories, unfortunately they are going to have to wait a lot longer than 2015 as technology isn't yet advanced enough to make such a thing possible. At the moment, the nearest we have to hovercams are small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) such as the Aeryon Scout. But maybe one day...!