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Hovercam

A hovercam bearing the USA Today logo (on the right) takes the photo for the front page headline story of the next day's issue.

Dochovercam

Doc hacks into the hovercam.

"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 front page headline story GANG JAILED - Hoverboard Rampage Destroys Courthouse, in which Griff Tannen and his gang were carted off by the police for vandalism of public property — as well as quoting Griff's loud exclamation of "I was FRAMED!" at the scene.

Even though we were not able to see it, Emmett Brown hacked into a hovercam to talk to the Time travel volunteers at the Institute of Future Technology. (Back to the Future: The Ride)

In the early 1990s, Doc had a similar camera in which he recorded his video encyclopedia.

Actuality

  • 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...!

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