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Watch: The Lexus Hoverboard is finally here


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Lexus has been teasing us about its hoverboard for weeks, but it’s finally here.

The luxury carmaker has shown off its sci-fi skateboard being ridden around a skatepark in a new video that would make Marty McFly swoon.

Check out the video below:

It’s worth noting that Lexus didn’t actually build the hoverboard itself, as revealed by The Verge.

Instead, Lexus’ advertising agency conscripted a team of scientists working on maglev technology in Germany.

They shifted their focus to hoverboards, and spent months working on the space age tech until it was good enough to debut in advertisements.

But how does it actually work? The hoverboard is crammed full of superconductors that interact with a magnetic track to create a “hover” effect.

These superconductors are cooled to -180 degrees Celcius using liquid nitrogen – that explains the weird mist that trails the board.

According to reports, the board can only hover for 20 minutes, after which the liquid nitrogen runs out and the board loses its superconductivity. Right...

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Unfortunately, what this this also means that you can’t ride the hoverboard anywhere but on a specially designed track.

Apparently the skatepark in the video is actually made out of wood painted to look like cement.

Underneath are designated tracks covered with plaster to conceal it – they’re the only places the hoverboard can ride.

Were you impressed by the Lexus Hoverboard, or is it another disappointing attempt at sci-fi technology? Let us know in the comments.

Hamish Campbell

August 5, 2015, 11:19 am

Any ideas on how you could solve the turning problem? No friction so you can only go in a straight line unless you hit a banked corner. Not surprising they couldn't stay on when going in a straight line when the board doesn't react to shifts of your balance.

Seems like a bit of a hopeless challenge really....well I suppose the board needs to generate changeable force below it, reacting to the weight shifts of the rider.


August 5, 2015, 12:22 pm

They clearly have money to burn.....


August 5, 2015, 2:52 pm

or freeze

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