If you’ve ever watched Back to the Future, you’ll remember that hoverboards were all the rage. All of the cool kids had them, but so did the bad kids. Everyone wanted to hover, and could you blame them? It’s basically flying. Fun outfits, guys:
Well, there was much hullabaloo in the last year about a Lexus hoverboard. Most people wrote it off as a stunt, and most believed it would never ever be made. But now it has, and people are left to eat their words. Sort of.
See, in Back to the Future, hoverboards had lift. You could actually see the considerable distance between the board and the ground. Lexus’ hoverboard hovers, but barely.
It’s also not likely to catch on. The “hoverpark” was designed by Lexus, which means it had to insert electromagnetic rails in the ground in order for this technology to work. Which, for a one-off video works, but in the real world, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is so committed to leisure hovering that they’d make those changes. Also, the super conductor, which creates the hover effect, needs to be kept cool in order to work. To do so requires a lot of liquid nitrogen, which most people don’t have lying around. But really, even if the science doesn’t make this thing accessible, it’s still pretty darn cool. You can see more of the science in this video: