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Lexus Have Seriously Built A Working Hoverboard

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Morenike Adebayo

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clockAug 5 2015, 23:44 UTC
1562 Lexus Have Seriously Built A Working Hoverboard
The Lexus Hoverboard is really real. Lexus.

We’ve waited with bated breath with teaser trailer after teaser trailer. And it’s time.

The Lexus hoverboard floated in a short scene where it didn’t look quite real. Then it was seen oozing out enigmatic vapor with pro-skater Ross McGouran having a fangasm over the board’s alleged characteristics.

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Now the car company has finally revealed its hoverboard with two full minutes of people actually riding on the board and abruptly falling off it too.

Filmed in a skatepark in Barcelona, the video (below) shows McGouran again on the hoverboard. But this time, he’s running the full gamut. Down slopes and along handrails, a Frame Droid Works Octocopter also closely captures the skater in action.


And this hoverboard CAN travel on water. Take that, Back to the Future!​ Lexus.

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“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 in a press statement.

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Superconductors made of yttrium barium copper oxide are inlaid into the body of the board. Placed into two reservoirs within, this compound is cooled down to below a chilly –181oC (–294oF) in liquid nitrogen, which is the mysterious gas emanating out of the hoverboard. Once cooled, the superconductors store a magnetic field, generated from the 200 meters of magnetic track built into the skatepark. And so the hoverboard hovers.

Lexus has also released a mini-documentary to accompany the big reveal (below) on assembly of the hoverboard. Looking at the rudimentary “brick in a box” experiment of Day 1 in Texas and racing through the subsequent days to the final form, these bonus behind-the-scenes clips show off the ambitious minds behind the hoverboard and project SLIDE.

 

 

The development team called the experiment a “one-off” and it’s probably for the best. After a month of hype and speculation, the final product feels slightly underwhelming, like being promised a ten-course banquet, only to be handed a Big Mac meal.

[H/T: Popular Mechanics]


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