La casa giapponese lo aveva già annunciato con diversi video di presentazione.
L’hoverboard? Si può fare e funziona.
C’era chi ci aveva creduto e chi era rimasto invece un po’ scettico, ma ora la Lexus ha pubblicato il filmato di presentazione ufficiale che fuga ogni dubbio.
Il “volopattino”, oggetto che in molti associano a Ritorno al futuro, è realtà.
Per dirla tutta si solleva dal suolo davvero di poco e funziona soltanto sulle superfici metalliche.
Ma per un oggetto che fino a ieri sembrava fantascienza, già non è poco.
Lexus has designed a working ‘impossible’ hoverboard
Another company has issued a video trailer for what is either a “real” hoverboard, a speculative piece of brand-boosting CGI, or something in between.
This time the company is Lexus, the luxury car brand, whose hoverboard does appear, in their video, to hover convincingly above the ground. It also comes complete with a nicely polished wood deck and atmospheric smoke pouring out of the top.
Lexus says the project has been in development for 18 months, and works using liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets. Unfortunately that also means the board is only usable on a metal track or surface — in the video it appears that it is working on a normal skatepark, but Lexus has confirmed there is a metal layer underneath.
Lexus insists that the board is real and “rideable”, and says it is working with at least one pro skateboarder in developing the ride, though it is said to be quite different to use in practice.
It’s not the first hoverboard WIRED has ever seen. Only last month we reported on the new world record for hoverboard riding — though that was completed above open water. But it might be the most gorgeous looking such near-possible device in recent history; “Wrapped in a design that is uniquely Lexus, the Hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape, using materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to the natural bamboo,” Lexus said.
What seems abundantly clear given the amount of hashtags and social media accounts linked to the page, Lexus realises that few things are as guaranteed to ‘go viral’ in this, the year of Back To The Future II, as a hoverboard. Whether that means you’ll ever get to ride one — or will be able to control it if you do — is unclear.
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