Yep, the hoverboard is FINALLY here. And this time it?s not a joke.
Created by lexus and called ?The Slide? it required masters of design, technology and skateboarding to re-imagine their craft. The stories that came from this journey are as awe-inspiring as the final experience.
?THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS IMPOSSIBLE, IT?S JUST A MATTER OF FIGURING OUT HOW? says Haruhiko Tanahashi, Lexus Chief Engineer.
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.