18 Aug 2015 |
World innovation news |
The Lexus Hoverboard is getting closer to the original board from Back to the Future
Competition to reproduce Marty McFly’s Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part 2 is quite a big deal in 2015. And Lexus’ latest attempt just raised the bar by introducing “Slide” on August 5th with pro-skater Ross McGouran.
Lexus press release explains that it all happened thanks to collaboration between scientists from IFW Dresden (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research) and evico GmbH (specialized in superconductors and magnetic bearings). They had to build a specific hoverpark designed with 200 meters of magnetic track.
The board itself features two cryostats in which superconducting material is kept at -197 Celsius degrees by immersion in liquid nitrogen.
Through Meissner effect, the interaction between magnets and superconductors provoke a magnetic field allowing the board to levitate. Dr. Oliver de Hass, evico CEO, said: “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track— essentially keeping the board hovering.”
A few glitches though: manipulating liquid nitrogen is both complex and hazardous and the board has a minimal autonomy (20 minutes max) and requires a custom hoverpark.
From then, we get that the Lexus Hoverboard was never meant for commercialization. Still, Marty McFly’s Hoverboard has never been so reachable!
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