Skateboarding was a fad back in the 60's and 70’s. Sadly, the significant overcrowding of cities in the modern period meant skateboarding no longer remained a popular choice. Youngsters got interested in motor vehicles like cars, and skateboarding died in its entirety. But thanks to some innovative thinking, I guess its coming back.
Welcome back to the future. The roads are no more concrete, they are powerful magnets. Cars are vehicles of the past. Its a technologically advanced society that is taking the planet to its limits. Hoverboards - a hybrid between a skateboard and a maglev - is the most popular form of road transport.
Is this even possible?
Coming to the point. Lexus, the Japanese car giant, recently showed this video that drove the internet nuts. Have a look.
Hoverboards are becoming really popular as vehicles of the future. Not only do they look cool, but they are extremely efficient simply because they don’t run on friction - the cause of every motion.
The Lexus Hoverboard concept was preceded by the Hendo Hoverboard. Hendo has made a working prototype that carries people and is sure to be a step in the direction of floating tech. Again, Hendo uses similar principles of magnetic levitation as that of a maglev, just that it is scaled down and there is no requirement of tracks, just ferromagnetic surfaces.
The Lexus hoverboard really caught my attention, and hence I’m writing this. According to Wired’s interviews with people from the company, it seems like the video is not all a gimmick. The hoverboard in the video works - again on ferromagnetic surfaces - but uses superconductors to float. Now, if you aren’t a scientist who knows about superconductors, they are basically materials that, at very low temperatures, show different electromagnetic properties. Coming back to the video: the surface there is not concrete. The Hoverboard is built out of wood, and has superconductors beneath, and… the gas you see coming out of the hoverboard is nitrogen! The hoverboard requires liquid nitrogen to cool down the “superconductors" to make them superconductors. Its literally a fuel. Luckily, its environmental friendly and a bi-product of a lot of processes.
So what are the prospects of hoverboards coming to the masses? Well, we can’t say. The hoverboard is for the future, and you cannot today say wether it is going to be a sure shot possibility, especially considering all roads will have to be rebuilt. However, the possibility of it working, the whole fact that you can use it, will give a push to this technology.
In the end, its just fantasy. Who knew, one of the most futuristic concepts form the movie “Back to the future II” will become reality!