Your eyes do not deceive you: This is apparently a working prototype for a hoverboard that makes Back to the Future a reality.
Called Slide, the board supposedly uses electromagnetism to levitate itself off the ground, and can carry a person.
Slide was 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.
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.
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.
Considering some of the other Amazing in Motion projects are just publicity stunts, though, it is not clear whether Slide is actually a real product.
Gizmodo, for example, warns viewers not to get their hopes up just yet.
‘Every hover device that relies on superconductors only works on a special magnetic surface, and this board appears to be floating on concrete at a regular old skate park,’ they said.
‘The video also doesn’t actually show someone riding it, although Lexus has promised more videos of it being tested, just not right now.’
Nonetheless, Lexus has said they will provide more information soon, and hopefully reveal whether this is actually a working hoverboard or not.
It is apparently being tested in Barcelona ‘in the coming weeks prior to the campaign’s launch this summer.’
‘At Lexus we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible,’ Mark Templin, Executive Vice President of Lexus International said in a statement.
‘That determination, combined with our passion and expertise for design and innovation, is what led us to take on the Hoverboard project.
‘It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.’
The board is made with similar materials to Lexus’ luxury car brand, ‘from the high tech to the natural bamboo,’ the company said.
‘Through the combination of design, technology and imagination… Slide is a perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved,’ they added.