With a quote from its Chief Engineer saying that “it’s just a matter of figuring out how”, Japanese luxury carmaker, Lexus, has released a short 30-second clip on its YouTube channel boasting a real hoverboard it calls, SLIDE.
The description on the clip says, “When technology, design and imagination come together, amazing things can be achieved. SLIDE is the fourth project in the ‘Amazing in Motion’ series and this time, we’ve challenged ourselves more than ever, in order to create something unique. The Lexus hoverboard represents true engineering innovation and over the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you regular updates on the progress of this extraordinary project.”
Its official website explains that the Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement using liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, which explains why there’s some smoke coming out of it.
However, the good people at Engadget.com explains that this technology requires a special metal surface and has actually confirmed with Lexus, admitting that there is metal underneath the surface of the skatepark featured in the SLIDE video.
Apart from the superconductors and magnets, the SLIDE is also made of natural bamboo with the Lexus logo incorporated into it.