Lexus Creates A Real Working Hoverboard

Posted: Jun 24 2015, 5:35am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 24 2015, 5:45am CDT, in Technology News


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  • Lexus Creates a Working Hoverboard that Floats in the Air

As a video showed Lexus has created a novel hoverboard that can float in the air while somebody steps on it.

Lexus claims to have manufactured a hoverboard that levitates an inch off the ground and can transport anyone who has the courage to step on its platform. Back to the Future 2 showed a similar hoverboard.

But this new creation is way ahead of that 80s phenomenon. Most hoverboards and their ilk rely on very strong magnets to stay off the ground. However, the more the mass of the person who steps on the hoverboard, the more powerful the magnets have to be (not to mention colder).

The hoverboard by Lexus employs liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and magnets that have a constant magnetic attraction. The video clip shows smoke and swirls of misty fog coming out of the hoverboard’s sides.

Lexus is meanwhile keeping mum about the whole shebang. It’s been over a year and a half since the thing got off the ground. Groups of technicians and specialists in both Germany and the UK cooperated in the making of the wonderful device.

At present, the hoverboard is being road-tested by a skateboarder in Spain. It is said to be a totally new experience indeed. Hoverboards are the wave of the future. And it is about time too. When the first hoverboard was viewed by millions in the 80s in the Back to the Future series, it became the dream vision for future times.

Today that dream seems a bit closer to reality. It is said that the fantasies of one generation become the realities of another. And so mankind progresses till the realization of a synthesis. And the synthesis of today becomes the thesis of tomorrow and so the dialectical process resumes its circular logic.

Yet there exist snags and hitches along the way. The hoverboard is just a prototype and it is not ready for the consumer market just yet. The video may have shown a concrete park where the device is being tested by an individual but in fact it can only be employed on a specific magnetic plane and people still find it difficult to regain their balance once they board it.

Thus we see that while it is finally in the real world out there, it still needs many tweaks here and there and a bit of extra finetuning in order to be fit for usage by an ordinary skateboarder. Some are even saying that the video clip by Lexus was just a hoax meant to attract publicity and create media hype.

Source: Lexus via Gizmodo

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