New footage of the Lexus Hoverboard Revealed

New footage of the Lexus Hoverboard Revealed

New footage of the Lexus Hoverboard Revealed

0 comments 📅17 July 2015, 01:26

It took the internet by storm – images claiming to show a real, working hoverboard.

Called Slide and developed by car firm Lexus, the board supposedly uses electromagnetism to levitate itself off the ground.

Ross McGouran, a professional skateboarder says riding one is ‘like floating on air’ in the latest video, which bills him as a ‘hoverboard test pilot’ – but stops short of showing him actually riding the board.

The new video stars Ross McGouran, a professional skateboarder, who says riding the Lexus Slide is 'like floating on air'. The board supposedly uses electromagnetism to levitate itself.

The new video stars Ross McGouran, a professional skateboarder, who says riding the Lexus Slide is ‘like floating on air’. The board supposedly uses electromagnetism to levitate itself.

‘I started skating when I was about 7 or 8, and this literally feels like i’m starting all over again,’ he says in the video.

‘This has never been done before, there’s absolutely no friction underneath you at all.

‘I forget what I’m doing, I’m, actually floating on air.’

The video then shows him walking alongside the board, and running his hand underneath it.

Slide was originally unveiled in a stylish video but, at the moment, further technical details are not available, leading some to question if it is real or not.

The hoverboard was developed by the Tokyo branch of Lexus in Japan.

It is the fourth project in their ‘Amazing in Motion’ campaign, the others being an 11ft (3.4 metres)_ tall android, a swarm of quadcopters and strobe-laden mannequins ‘dancing’ above Kuala Lumpur.

In the video a skater steps off their regular board and approaches the Slide hoverboard, which has smoke pouring out of its side.

The video also shows the skater walking alongside the board

The video also shows the skater walking alongside the board

On a promotional site for the board, Lexus said it uses ‘liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent mangets,’ to levitate, which may account for the smoke.

In a statement the company said this gives the hoverboard ‘frictionless movement of a kind that had been thought impossible.’

For now, though, that is the only information that Lexus is willing to reveal about the technology.

The Tokyo branch of Lexus claims to have made a working hoverboard (shown). Called Slide, it apparently uses electromagnets and liquid nitrogen to float. A promotional video reveals a skater stepping onto the board. However, some have questioned if it is actually real or not

The Tokyo branch of Lexus claims to have made a working hoverboard (shown). Called Slide, it apparently uses electromagnets and liquid nitrogen to float. A promotional video reveals a skater stepping onto the board. However, some have questioned if it is actually real or not

A spokesperson for Lexus told MailOnline that new information wouldn’t be released for another month or so, but they did say it worked using ‘electromagnetism’ and was designed to ‘carry someone’.

Lexus would also not reveal details on when it might be released, or how much it would cost.

source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/