Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Since it’s 2015, there’s been plenty of internet chatter about the future that was envisioned for this year in the time travel sequel Back to the Future Part II. While there have been plenty of technological developments that were once just dreams in the 1989 sequel, fans have still be disappointed that we still don’t have hoverboards.
We’ve had our desires teased with Funny or Die’s fake hoverboard demonstration video, and there have been more recent, legitimate developments with a company called Hendo (though their design requires a copper surface to work). And now another claim of hoverboard creation comes from car manufacturer Lexus with a project called Slide.
Check out the Lexus hoverboard tease after the jump!
Here’s a video from Lexus teasing the Slide (see a few photos at the website):
And here’s what the official website says about the hoverboard:
The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible.
Wrapped in a design that is uniquely Lexus, the Hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape, using materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to the natural bamboo.
The Verge called attention to this new development from Lexus, but as of now, it’s hard to tell whether this is a legitimate endeavor or some sort of publicity stunt. The site also references other cool Lexus technology projects that seem to be real, so this makes me think this might be the genuine article, but that’s just what Lexus would want us to think if this was a trick.
However, even if this board is real, there has to be a catch. Using magnetic technology still requires some rather specific conditions in order for them to work inside of a hoverboard like this. So while the technology exists to make this board possible, we hardly believe you’ll be able to cruise around on one in public like a skateboard.
Plus, let’s not forget that this is Lexus we’re talking about. If a luxury car company has cracked the technology to make hoverboards a reality, you can bet it’s not going to be cheap to get your hands on one. Hopefully Lexus opens up about this Slide project sooner than later so we know just what the hell is going on and maybe get excited about riding one.Cool Posts From Around the Web: