“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS IMPOSSIBLE, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF FIGURING OUT HOW.”
Haruhiko Tanahashi, Lexus Chief Engineer
Since 1989, the world has been asking for a Hoverboard. For 30 years it’s been Hoverboard this and Hoverboard that. Fuck everything else Mr. Scientist, we just want a Hoverboard.
It’s Back To The Future’s fault really. You can’t show kids something as iconic as that and then think they’re going to forget about it.
Well it’s here.
Lexus have developed a fully operational Hoverboard, and to get technical:
“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.”
That is a seriously unsociable knowledge of magnets right there.
Check the vid: