Fans of Back to the Future II will remember the floating skateboard used by Marty McFly, the film’s hero, to flee from his opponents. Motivated by this superb gravity-defying vehicle, Lexus introduced one of the most ground-breaking hoverboards in history.
Using magnetic levitation with permanent magnets and liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors, the hoverboard has a “frictionless movement”. Mark Templin, Lexus International executive vice president, described the hoverboard as a remarkable creation that combines imagination, design and technology.
The hoverboard ‘Slide’ is the company’s latest project in its Amazing in Motion campaign, with the objective of expressing Lexus’s commitment to seek for new and breakthroughs in technology and design.
Lexus advanced hoverboard may be a totally different mode of transport, but the design framework is similar to Lexus modern cars. It also features the signature spindle grille. It is made of both natural and high-tech materials, like bamboo, wood, and carbon fiber, which are also found on Lexus cars.
A promotional video of the world’s genuine hoverboard is featured in Lexus “Amazing in Motion” series. However, no one was riding the board in the video. The hoverboard has slightly inverted ends and blasts of steam were seen coming out under its bamboo surface.
To maintain very low temperature, the Slide has a cryostat that keeps the superconductors cold and cools the liquid nitrogen. This allows the superconductors to produce electrical currents to fend off magnets, so it can move and glide without any friction. It does not require any power supply or batteries and functions like a skateboard.
The hoverboard model is set to be tested in Barcelona in the next weeks; however, it is not yet for sale.
This was not the first attempt to create Marty McFly floating skateboard. In 2014, Hendo, touted as the first genuine hoverboard on earth, was launched by Arx Pax in California. Electromagnets are fastened to its pedestal that enables the board to drift one inch above copper-plated grounds and to support a 250-pound weight rider. It attracted plenty of supporters that allowed the company to raise more than US $500,000 on its Kickstarter crowd funding site.
Tony Hawk, a professional skateboarder, tested the Hendo prototype and gave his approval for the prototype. Arx Pax expects the shipment of Hendo hoverboards to backers on October 21, 2015.
Earlier this week, news came out that the Malloy Aeronautics, a British company, made a deal with the US Department of Defense to create and to develop the first real US hoverbike. The idea was to use the hoverbike in bringing military groups and supplies over challenging grounds that can either be flown manned or unmanned. It is also built to function as a surveillance platform.
The people’s awareness to hoverboards increased after the release of Catalin Alexandru Duru’s video. Duru set a Guinness World Record for a 275.9-meter hoverboard flight flying above a lake in Canada.
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