So There’s A Working Hoverboard

Sort of but not really:

Lexus’s hoverboard uses magnetic levitation, or maglev, to achieve frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors are combined with a magnetic surface to essentially repel gravity. Even though Lexus and Evico were able to pull off the project, don’t expect to see a hoverboard fly past while you’re walking down the street next year. To use maglev technology that would make this sort of hoverboard work, you need a magnetic metal track. Normal concrete pavements won’t do. Lexus solved this issue by converting a skate park in Barcelona into a temporary hoverboard skate park. On an existing track composed of cement and wood, the Lexus and Evico teams swooped in to lay down hundreds of small magnets.

1.5 million views for the clip since yesterday.

  • Gustav2

    Personal monorail.

    • TampaZeke

      And it will be as good for Springfield as it was for North Haverbrook!

    • fuzzybits

      Personal fairie wings.

  • Merv99

    Works great, as long as you don’t care about it having no steering.

  • another_steve

    Land travel (wheels on ground) will be obsolete in 100 years.

    Someone diary this, please, and thank me then for my prescience.

  • DaddyRay

    Favorite comment over on Youtube

  • bkmn

    They were wearing too much clothing.

  • That Guy

    Neat. I’d totally bust my ass on those things, just like with regular skateboards.

  • TheManicMechanic

    And the US can’t get maglev highs speed trains off the ground. So to speak.

    • /erases long rant about energy/oil company evil

      yeah, i have to destart myself on that one, as a topic. joe would have to kick me off for saying [bannable] things.

  • TJay229

    Dammit…. I wanted to buy one so damn bad.

  • TampaZeke

    The cast a crew all went to a local bar to celebrate the shoot only to discover that none of their credit cards worked when they went to pay.

  • Gest2016

    I wasnt too impressed. A lot of trickery in the film. It anly “hovers” over metallic surface, they probably spent $1 million to make it look like a concrete park.. And the water sequence was basically just a wet sheet of metal made to look like a pond.

  • EdmondWherever

    I don’t know, the public was fooled once before with a hoax. And this is a car commercial? They layed down “hundreds” of small magnets? I don’t see any, they must be pretty small. And the park would need to be coated with them. You’d need millions of tiny, near-invisible magnets to cover this park. And as low as it sits over the pavement, that water must be pretty shallow for those magnets to be under there. I want to believe it, but something doesn’t feel right.

    • BobSF_94117

      Magnets can be made in flexible sheets laid down sort of like roof shingles, but bigger. I assume that’s what they mean.

      • EdmondWherever

        Ok, I could buy that, that would help make them “invisible”. I hope it’s real. New applications of technology like this can lead to more advancements. Though I didn’t like that it says they “essentially repel gravity”, it doesn’t do that.

        • BobSF_94117

          I assume “repel gravity” comes from the Marketing Department. 🙂

          I should correct myself. The sheets wouldn’t overlap like shingles, as that would cause variations in the magnetic field at the seams, plus it would be impossible to cover them all with a smooth, uniformly thick coating to maintain a standard magnetic field across the entire surface and allow the vehicle to remain at the same very short distance from the surface.

        • Mark

          I’m hoping they find something to repel gravity before my tits drag the bottom of the sink when I brush my teeth……

  • You cannot “repel” gravity. Magnetic fields can be used to attract or repel, but gravity is quite outside of that realm.

    If at some point in the future we learn to counteract or manipulate gravity itself, then we are on the way to interstellar travel. But not in any of our lifetimes.

  • MattM

    But can I ride one while hanging out of a train? It’s more likely than you think…..

  • TexPlant

    ohhhhhhhhhhh i want!!!!!

    • bambinoitaliano

      Really? I know technically it’s hovering . But to get an inch off the ground is not quite the Marty McFly experience we come to expect.

  • Octavio

    Finally, something really cool! However, each fall I watched on the concrete surface made my butt hole clench a bit too much. I have no problem falling on snow. Concrete? No. Just no. :-

    • bambinoitaliano

      Kegel exercise is always good 🙂

      • Octavio

        It’s more like that clenching pain/pleasure feeling you get when you’re on a roller coaster? Ya know? Incontinence hasn’t set in . . . yet. 🙂

  • lymis

    On the one hand, meh.

    On the other hand, I fear I’ve come to the conclusion that I would have been one of the people who stood at Kitty Hawk and said, “Honestly, Orville, that’s pretty cool, but seriously, what can you use it for?” I would likely have been intrigued, but would never have foreseen American Airlines. Or an F-16.

    Someone touring Univac couldn’t have foreseen the Internet, much less an iPhone, certainly not in under a centrury. People laughed at Star Trek, because there was no way we’d have a hand-held unit that could talk to something in orbit in three hundred years. And theirs were essentially updated walkie-talkies. With rheostat controls.

    I doubt that hoverboards are going to become a thing, but as an early step in an emerging technology, this could be genuinely huge in unexpected ways.

  • Bad Tom

    So, really, this is a Lexus car commercial.
    Because I seriously doubt you’ll find hoverboards at the Lexus dealer anytime soon.

  • zoli

    the Japanese have been working on maglev (magnetically levitated) trains for decades: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/21/asia/japan-maglev-train-world-record/