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Old 06-25-2015, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Before flying cars, and time travel, first must come the hoverboard.

The scientists at Lexus are busy perfecting the Slide, what the company describes as a real-life, functional hoverboard of the type only Marty McFly would glide with in 1989's "Back to the Future Part II." Some other hoverboard models have arisen in the last year, such as the Hendo, and a homemade propeller version, yet look nothing like Marty's stylish craft that the Slide resembles, and with totally different technology.

Lexus says it has a real hoverboard - CBS News
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:55 PM
 
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Seems like we have a new hoverboard video a couple times a year.

And I still have no idea why this is supposed to be amazing, as if we haven't known about magnets and superconductors for a rather long time.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This does seem cool. I will see how it plays out in the next few years.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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Not the next few years but the next few centuries...

Hmmmm...

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And this is where Lexus is giving us a little movie magic. If the superconductors are in the hoverboard, then we need an outside magnetic field for the hoverboard to coast on. This is where Lexus' "permanent magnets" come in. Gourlay suspects that Lexus laid down a bunch of very strong rare-earth magnets underneath the "sidewalk," setting up a magnetic field powerful enough to support both board and, Lexus promises, a rider. In fact, Gizmodo reports that the hoverboard only works on "special metallic surfaces."
How Lexus' Hoverboard Gets Off the Ground | Inside Science
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I will agree that we are a long way off from a real flying car.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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I will agree that we are a long way off from a real flying car.
A skateboard is not the same as a flying car...

I know it's hard to stick to the OP but lets get with the program dude/dudette/thingette...
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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A skateboard is not the same as a flying car...

I know it's hard to stick to the OP but lets get with the program dude/dudette/thingette...
Well it was by Lexus so I have a feeling a flying skateboard is not their main objective here.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:05 AM
 
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Well it was by Lexus so I have a feeling a flying skateboard is not their main objective here.
Maybe the objective is similar to a Segway that they can sell to the post office. People can slide around with it while wearing Google-glass.
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