Lexus Hoverboard

Posted in Science by Olivia Olson on August 5th, 2015

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Lexus just unveiled its new Lexus Hoverboard. Yes, Lexus, the car company, just unveiled a hoverboard inspired by the 1989 film, Back to the Future II. We’re one step closer to experiencing the 2015 Marty McFly did. Unlike Marty’s hoverboard, this one can only be ridden in a specially designed skate park in Barcelona so far.
The board works by using magnets that are surrounded by liquid nitrogen and kept at -197 degrees Fahrenheit. “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track—essentially keeping the board hovering,” Oliver de Haas, CEO of GmbH, told the press during a press release “This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”

You may be thinking “Great Scott! Where can I buy one?” But, unfortunately, the hoverboard is only a prototype and won’t be released any time soon.

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