Last month, we shared a little teaser of what was to come from Lexus’ Hoverboard. It looked like a shiny thing of science fiction, but thanks to some seriously clever boffins, it has become actual fact.
Today, they’ve finally unveiled their first working hoverboard with a stylish video, filmed at a high-tech skate park in Barcelona. It’s still not quite up to Back To The Future standards yet, but pro skater and hoverboarder Ross McGouran actually skims over water more successfully than Marty McFly did.
Have a look:
The Lexus Hoverboard technology features two cryostats – reservoirs in which superconducting material is immersed in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a magnetic track to ‘hover’.
Dr Oliver de Hass, CEO of a tech partner with Lexus, said: “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track— essentially keeping the board hovering. This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”
“I’ve spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I’ve had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the hoverboard. It’s a whole new experience,” said McGouran.
For more information and an in-depth look at the technologies behind the Lexus Hoverboard, click HERE.
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