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The future is here.





www.wired.com/2015/08/lexus-hoverboard/
Here’s That Lexus Hoverboard Finally in Action
After a month of teasers and speculation, Lexus has finally shown off its real, live, working hoverboard. It may not be Back to the Future, but it’s still a mighty satisfying ride.

As it turns out, the future is hard; professional skateboarder Ross McGouran has plenty of spills on the way to mastering even basic moves. That’s perhaps not surprising, given that riding the Lexus hoverboard is basically like straddling a maglev train. As we explained in June, the Lexus hoverboard relies on superconductors and magnets, which work against gravity to lift board and rider above the ground. That cool-looking steam coming off of the sides isn’t decorative; it’s liquid nitrogen, cooling the superconductors to -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which they become superconducting.

The steam’s not the only thing that may not be quite what it appears. The biggest disappointment for hoverboard enthusiasts is that course on which McGouran hover-shreds is actually has metal underneath it; on the surfaces that comprise the vast majority of our infrastructure, the hoverboard would simply be a heavy, immobile board. In fact, aside from its healthy dose of style, the Lexus hoverboard isn’t much different from a dozen lab demonstrations that have taken place over the last few decades.

A highly constrained, not quite original hoverboard is still a hoverboard, though. And this one even comes with a bonus; Lexus put together a mini-doc about the process that gives a refreshingly clear-eyed look at the physics behind the fun.

Let’s hope jetpacks are next.
 
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If any one is looking to kick any of these down, I'll give you a Klondike bar for one :) so sick haha
 

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I saw this earlier hehe - I would so try this. And I would get more boo boo's too - but it looks fun!!!!
 

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rich-dousche concept toy. I'd be surprised if they can get something like it in mass production....ever. Superconductors costing what they do.

well, if our great-great-great-great grandkids aren't living in an irradiated wasteland, then I'm sure they'll have fun on these, when they aren't plugged into the VR.

cool idea though.
 

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I'd love to try it out, but you'd have to refill the liquid nitrogen a lot to keep the magnets cold and for them to continue acting as super conductors. It's a shame that it won't realistically be mass produced, or cheap, for quite some time.
 

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i thought this was pretty cool until i saw the behind the scenes video. the technology is real, but the application is fake. the video below is linked to the time you can see the rail best:


So if you watch through to the end, they kind of gloss over the fact that the hoverboard requires a TRACK/RAIL to ride on, which they FUCKING HID under the surface of the skate ramp. this means that the smallest deviation from that rail and boom, no more hovering.

So is it a hover board? Technically, yes. Will it ever see the light of day? No. It will never be seen in the real world as a skateboard, and was simply a publicity stunt by lexus. As far as I'm concerned, it's just kind of a major cock tease to promote their fucking cars.
 

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The steam’s not the only thing that may not be quite what it appears. The biggest disappointment for hoverboard enthusiasts is that course on which McGouran hover-shreds is actually has metal underneath it; on the surfaces that comprise the vast majority of our infrastructure, the hoverboard would simply be a heavy, immobile board. In fact, aside from its healthy dose of style, the Lexus hoverboard isn’t much different from a dozen lab demonstrations that have taken place over the last few decades.

admittedly, i did not read the text description, only watched the video, so i missed this part quoted above...
 

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A highly constrained, not quite original hoverboard is still a hoverboard, though.


Yea that's basically what I went with. The article I found separate from the youtube vids.

And yea it's lexus... Still it's neat to find people trying to bring science fiction to life.
When they build a star ship enterprise someday, It will still be an impressive feat even if it does not match our scifi representations completely.

The way I see it... that hoverboard is an example of moving forward. Next innovation might bring it all the way. Maybe all they need is to come up with a special mix of concrete that lets the board hover everywhere. And maybe adjust the magnets so they can be actuated and they're force directed. Or come up with a different type of super magnet or set of configurations for the magnets...

All I know is once upon a time Back to the Future II had me searching the back of popular mechanics magazines for a hoverboard... now we are closer.
 

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yeah i get that, but i can't help thinking about how at some point some marketing peice of shit was like, "Okay, but it HAS to fly over a lexus at some point" instead of just doing it for the science of it.

also, the first video CLEARLY misrepresents what they have 'achieved'. it's only in the second video you find out what a bullshit lie the first video was. that's at best misleading, but more on the level of a flat out lie if you ask me.
 

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yeah i get that, but i can't help thinking about how at some point some marketing peice of shit was like, "Okay, but it HAS to fly over a lexus at some point" instead of just doing it for the science of it.

also, the first video CLEARLY misrepresents what they have 'achieved'. it's only in the second video you find out what a bullshit lie the first video was. that's at best misleading, but more on the level of a flat out lie if you ask me.

No disagreement here man.

As a matter of fact it's like you say... they did it for lexus instead of for the science of it. Thats part of the reason it's not a "real" go anywhere hoverboard. The motivation was to find the simplest fastest most impressive way to show case "Lexus Innovation" or whatever.

But we don't have a world where science is done just for science always. Damn profits drive everything even scientific discoveries and how those discoveries are applied to society. (often just another tool for the rich to get richer... ).

Damn... okay but I'm not gonna let it get me down. :(
I could still hope to be cool like Marty McFly someday. :D
 
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I'm a baller and have just pre-ordered the 2017 hovering Lexus.

Jk...

I don't have that much money;)

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