Since Lexus first introduced its hoverboard concept as part of its "Amazing in Motion" campaign, the excitement has been growing, even though we've known all along that it won't be going on sale. For the last few months, the automaker has released short videos showcasing different aspects of the project, and now we get the science behind it.
Dietmar Berger, a magnetic levitation engineer, and Prof. Ludwig Schultz, a pioneer of superconducting levitation, share their experiences with the project, and what went in to creating something that's only been seen in science fiction up until now. Getting the board to levitate wasn't the biggest issue the team of engineers had to deal with. Those testing out the hoverboard wanted to jump it and treat it like a real skateboard, which posed some big questions.
Liquid nitrogen, the superconductor blocks in the board itself, and the track's magnetic field help keep the board going in the right direction and remain in the air. As long as the board remains cooled, it will stay on track and keep moving.
Check out the video below to learn just what went in to figuring out how to not only get the hoverboard to stay afloat, but to stay on a track for extended periods of time.