The future of Back to the Future is becoming a reality.
We can finally watch the Lexus hoverboard in action! After weeks of teasing us about their awesome hoverboard called SLIDE, Lexus has finally released some videos showing it in action. The SLIDE uses magnetic levitation and nitgrogen-cooled superconductors to float above ground.
The first video features test-riders trying to pull tricks with the new board in the skate park. It's incredible to see that Lexus successfully created a hoverboard that we've been waiting for.
The second video gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how the hoverboard was created, and the third shows some of the ups and downs of the testing process that went on to create the board that we're seeing now.
Watch the videos below:
Creating SLIDE required re-engineering core technologies and uncovering true technical innovations. From assembling maglev technology into a board, to finding the right combination of superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen – every step pushed the team to stretch the possibilities of technology.
The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197°C. 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.
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