The future is here. LexusToyota’s division for Luxury carshave officially presented the SLIDE, a short film presenting the world’s first working hoverboard.
Gone are the days when all people could do was dream that the hoverboard from Back To The Future II would ever see the light of reality. Throughout the decades, many have tried to create one, oftentimes ending up to be revealed as either an elaborate hoax or just a bad joke on people who have been drooling over the concept technology ever since.
The Lexus hoverboard utilizes superconducting magnetic levitation technology, or maglev technology, to achieve a frictionless movement of the board. With the proper use of superconductors, magnets, and the ultra-cooling effects of liquid nitrogen, the Slide is able to “hover” above the surface.
“The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks),” as explained by Lexus. “These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197C. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets. When the board is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board.”
Simply put, the Lexus hoverboard won’t be the kind of futuristic technology that will allow users to go anywhere riding it, as it requires a special magnetic surface specifically built for it.
Lexus went to the trouble of building an entire skating ramp with the special magnetic surface, all for the test run of the Slide hoverboard, with Ross McGouran as the test rider.
Another reason not to get too excited yet – and hold off on getting that wallet ready for a pre-order – is that while the Lexus hoverboard is indeed working, its superconductivity lasts for only 20 minutes, after which the liquid nitrogen evaporates and loses its effect, as reported by The Verge.
Most of all, the Lexus hoverboard is not intended to go on sale (at least maybe for now), since its reveal and everything is only a promotional stunt for the Lexus cars.