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Lexus has built a hoverboard, and it actually works

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Ah, the hoverboard, that long-awaited benchmark for Back to the Future’s vision of the technology circa 2015 is finally here.

It’s all thanks to luxury car firm Lexus, which has worked with experts in superconductive technology to develop Marty McFly’s prefered mode of transport.

The ‘Lexus Hoverboard’ uses liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors (hence the weird mist in the video) and permanent magnets which Lexus claims can “achieve amazing frictionless movement”.

The carmaker even released a video of its new creation, seemingly hovering just off the ground at a skatepark.

Just like the $10,000 Hendo hoverboard we saw earlier this year, the Lexus offering only works on a metal track – meaning those visions of floating down the highstreet are still some way off.

Sadly, we don’t actually see anyone riding the hoverboard. So while it’s cool that the board hovers, having it move seamlessly under the weight of an actual human is an entirely different matter.

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“At Lexus, we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible,” said Mark Templin, executive VP of Lexus International. “That determination, combined with our passion and expertise for design and innovation, is what led us to take on the Hoverboard project.”

Templin continued: “It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design, and imagination.”

Lexus says it’s been working on the sci-fi skateboard for 18 months, and that testing will begin in Barcelona, Spain over the coming weeks until an ambiguous ‘summer 2015’ deadline.

The company also notes that the Lexus Hoverboard is currently a prototype and “will not be on sale.” Boo.

J Barnhart

June 24, 2015, 11:31 am

I've posted this elsewhere...
I can make a piece of metal float on magnets...the one part of this video where there is contact with it, it grounds out...is there a video showing someone actually riding it...no.
I call shenanigans...

Peter

June 24, 2015, 2:40 pm

Sorry, what ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Steve

June 24, 2015, 4:59 pm

Why all the fuss about this type of tech?

Seems completely impractical to me unless it's just an exercise in the art of the possible

Without friction how on earth are you supposed to steer or stop on one of these things?

Bonkers

Peter

June 24, 2015, 7:04 pm

This technology exists for almost a year now, and you can actually use it !

Go to youtube and post: The $10k hoverboard

LeeTronix

June 24, 2015, 8:52 pm

And the load weight is??? Should they not stick to making toyota cars ehem I mean lexus cars!

betelgeuse

June 25, 2015, 2:52 am

The basic principal of superconductors are described and demonstrated in an episode of Qi.

J Barnhart

June 25, 2015, 8:51 pm

I did when it came out...then the guy explained that it wasn't going anywhere, for a variety of reasons...
It's use is limited to exactly to what you see in the video. The creator admits in other interviews that it will never be practical...duration for one thing.
The background (ramps etc.) in the other video might make some think it will be the equivalent of a wheel-less skateboard...it will not, just exactly the same, different box (I agree it will be the newest, best version of similar tech but...you should watch THIS video again...at least it's honest.)

J Barnhart

June 25, 2015, 9:00 pm

Actually after thinking a little more...I'm going back to "fake"...note the mass...and then you hop on...exactly how is it stabilized against say 150 lbs...answer (no outboard support (Tri-maran! problem solved. Note the 4 outboards on this design...), it doesn't.

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