How That Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works
J Thoendell stashed this in Awesome
According to the company’s briefly stated promotional materials, the device employs “magnetic levitation” to achieve (and maintain) lift-off, which would be well and good if it weren’t for where it was levitating.
“It’s a tease, right? It gives you the impression that this thing is floating on top of concrete,” says Mike Norman, Director of the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Lab. “Which it’s not.”
Fortunately, the bad news stops there. Surface trickery aside—there are probably magnets or steel mixed in or just underneath that concrete—the Lexus hoverboard really does live up to its name.