Back to the Future II takes place in the year 2015, which is this year. If you may recall, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel “back” to the future set in 2015 in the iconic 80s movie. Now Lexus claims that it has stepped into the future and created a fully functional and, most importantly, rideable hoverboard.
Dubbed the SLIDE, there isn’t much more information regarding this hoverboard from Lexus, other than the hoverboard is part of a marketing campaign called Amazing in Motion where art-meets-technology. SLIDE is the fourth project in this campaign, with Lexus describing it as “a perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved“.
So, how does it work? According to SLIDE’s site the board is able to levitate or hover because of movement created by magnetic power. The hoverboard works with internal nitrogen-cooled superconducting magnets which allows it to levitate and glide without friction. But, because it works with magnets, it will need a corresponding magnet. This means that you won’t be able to hover around town like Biff Tannen and his buddies as you will need a magnetic mat to be able to levitate and glide. Hendo is another hoverboard that kind of works the same way, but only if the floor is covered in copper.
There is also the possibility that Lexus is messing with us – you can never underestimate the sneakiness of the Internet and we’ve been taken for a ride before. HUVr tried to convince us, by using the power of Tony Hawk that it had created a real working hoverboard. It turned out it was all a prank by Funny or Die, so you never know.