a legitimate, for real, working actually prototype... it uses liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to float above the ground...
Guy in the video didn't seem to be any more than 150lbs, ultimately they'd want to go with the average weight at the very least.I just wish we could see someone at least standing on it fully, and ideally riding it around. Can it support weight? Will it just coast forever because there is no friction stopping it? I am left with more questions than answers.
My thoughts exactly. I'm not sure it can support much weight. It will probably coast until the liquid nitrogen turns to gas and then the electronics heat-up and shut down. My gut feeling is not very long. But hey, it is fun to think you can do this.I just wish we could see someone at least standing on it fully, and ideally riding it around. Can it support weight? Will it just coast forever because there is no friction stopping it? I am left with more questions than answers.
http://gizmodo.com/wait-a-minute-did-lexus-actually-make-a-working-hoverb-1713469352But there are lots of clues that give us reason not to get our hopes up this time. Every hover device that relies on superconductors only works on a special magnetic surface, and this board appears to be floating on concrete at a regular old skate park. Update: Lexus has admitted that the board only works on special metallic surfaces, and that’s not just concrete seen in that video.
Mark your calendars for August 5th, boys and girls. That’s when Lexus will finally pull the sheet off its highly-anticipated hoverboard project. And yes, it is allegedly a real, working hoverboard.
A lot of questions to be answered and I bet if we were to dig deeper we might find more information on it, just not from Lexus. There's a chance they contracted out the development or even pulled people on to their team to develop it.I am still unconvinced it will really be usable. I mean how can you control the speed when there is no friction?
But like all of the cool things from Back to the Future II, there are some kinks to be worked out. For the hoverboard, it can only be used on a special magnetic track that allows it to float. That is because the board is powered by liquid nitrogen, superconductors and magnets. Moreover, the hoverboard is not being developed for commercial sale. These bad boys will be available in extremely limited quantities starting August 5th and will as hard to come by as a sports almanac or Pepsi Perfect. Now if only the Cubs could win the World Series…
Problem with that is it doesn't seem like this thing would accommodate propellers while accomplishing what they need it to accomplish while staying within the proportions needed.The only alternative that comes to mind is if they were to design it based on the hover bike. That one uses propellers and has no need for magnetic surfaces.