Are hoverboards real?
The announcement comes in the form of a very Californian trailer that shows one skater’s transition from a skateboard to the hoverboard, the futuristic technology we’ve always dreamed about (largely in part thanks to Back to the Future II). So much more than a luxury vehicle company, Lexus’ new invention, called SLIDE, is a part of their “Amazing in Motion” series that focuses on technological innovation.
From what I can tell so far, unlike the Hendo Hoverboard that had a decent buzz about it a while back, the SLIDE has a super sleek, modern design and operates by using superconductors and permanent magnets that are kept cold by liquid nitrogen; hence, the eerie mist leaking from the board.
The biggest issue? The LexusHover only operates in controlled environments at this point. The most likely cause that I can think of off the top of my head is that naturally magnetic surfaces on the Earth won’t be safe or conducive for a magnetically-propelled board. There’s no telling how long it will be before we actually see this baby on the market, or how much it will cost.
There is no such thing as impossible.