So fake or not? Can we imagine to use this technology for cars?
Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota. One year ago, Toyota said that it's investigated the possibility of vehicles that are capable of hovering just above the road, technology designed to improve efficiency. Source : Toyota is investigating cars that hover above the road | The Verge
What do you think of it? Thanks!
Thanks for posting this Anthony Le Bleis!
There have been many hoverboard hoax (the most famous one was this one: Real Life Hoverboard Tony Hawks Rides the next gen skateboard. - YouTube), it is therefore hard to know if the Lexus one is real or fake.. In any way, I think this technology will be invented eventually.
This also makes me think of the Maglev train in China ( the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world: Shanghai Maglev Train - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The biggest difference with cars is that the trains have the tracks that play a big role in the levitation, I am not sure how the technology can therefore be applied to roads..
Thank you for giving us a taste of the future Anthony Le Bleis. Unfortunately, it may be a bit soon to see any real, commercial version of this board! And at what price!? But it sure does look like fun.
There seem to be some progress in this field for fun..
New world record set for farthest hoverboard flight
By Stu Robarts<http://www.gizmag.com/author/stu-robarts/>
May 26, 2015
Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru setting the world record on his self-built hoverboard prototype
A future in which we're all flying around on hoverboards may not have materialized just yet, but it does appear to be getting closer. After Hendo's magnetic hoverboard<http://www.gizmag.com/hendo-hoverboard-prototype/34352/> was announced last year, a new world record for the farthest hoverboard flight has now been set. And there wasn't a magnet in sight.
Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru traveled a distance of 275.9 m (905.2 ft) on a propeller-based hoverboard he created himself. The machine was reportedly designed and built over the course of 12 months.
"I wanted to showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet," Duru is quoted as saying to Guinness World Records, which has recognized the feat.
The record was set at Lake Ouareau in Quebec, Canada, on Aug. 25, 2014 (but has only just been announced by Guinness). To secure the Guinness World Record crown, Duru had to travel a distance of over 50 m (164 ft), which he ultimately achieved more than five times over. During the flight Duru reached heights of up to 5 m (16.4 ft), before eventually landing in the water.
The video below shows Catalin Alexandru Duru's world record flight.
De : Anthony Le Bleis
Envoyé : jeudi 25 juin 2015 15:20
À : WURMSER Eric
Objet : Re: - Lexus has created a real, rideable hoverboard! Fake or not?
Lexus has created a real, rideable hoverboard! Fake or not?
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Thank you Eric. Here the video mentioned:
Super conductivity is well known for many years. The questions are for me:
- is mobility energy saving because of frictionless balancing cooling energy necessary to reach the very low temperature necessary for super-conductivity ?
- is the vehicle able to drive on an ordinary road?
Does this remind you something?
Joking aside I remain quite skeptical to the actual use of a hoverboard using this effect with liquid nitrogen, the cooling system should not take very long time in my opinion. Finally, if that is true, there would be many more applications than a toy, it would be as says Virginie Stellmacher a real transport revolution!
For me there is no doubt about this: it works.
As said Marielle Khayat, the shuttle "maglev" from Shanghai airport to Shanghai suburbs works. I used it several times running at more than 430 km/h...
Maglev is for "magnetic levitation". That means a linear motor with no friction. But this "train" does not use superconductivity and electricity consumption is high.
Superconductivity means no electricity loss in the wires but electricity consumption for creating the very low temperature. It is the reason of my first question: What is the balance?
My second question is about the road: 1) permanent magnets have to be inside the road close to the atmosphere. 2) The maglev is guided by a reversed T infrastructure.
What about a car on an ordinary road? Here is the fake, it only works on an equipped ground. About the other one upon the water, I think it is only jumping.
Too good to be true ;-)
Here a new teasing from Lexus:
So fake or not?
Fake... I need to see a real rider riding this "hoverboard" to believe it. At least... And better the technology used also ..
Here's how it works:
See the vapor exiting the side of the Lexus board?
So, it's possible. Liquid nitrogen (<-195 °C at atmospheric temperatures) will cool a material enough to make it superconductive, which is exactly what this application uses. The road surface underneath the Lexus board is prepped and must be a conductor (at least underneath that surface).
Specific application needs:
- Superconductor on the board
- Conductor on the ground
- Process for cooling the superconductor
So if you can figure out how to make all that to work for less than, say, $2000/rider...
....Then maybe we'll have something to actually talk about.
But maybe there's another way to get true 'hoverboard' functionality to the masses?
People have been playing with hoverboard technologies for a long time.
Specifically on the Lexus project, I remember reading that it's only a marketing project for them and that they don't plan to sell hoverboards. Very cool though. Glad to see some innovative technological marketing.
Thank you for all these technical specifications Taylor Garlock. I believe it will not be long before similar devices appear in our homes, but it might take a little way before we see hover boards in the streets tough.
Ok, so again... start from the begin... : Tony Hawk Rides World's First Real Hoverboard - Hendo Hover - YouTube
Now, I would like to see how much it would cost to have conductor on the ground...
How much the cooling system costs, weights and takes place...?
What is the carbon footprint ???
How much energy does it need to stand a human... ?
It is only a gadget for engineers...
In the best case, it will be developed in amusement parks...
I think you'll find more people who also would like to see what the costs are.
However, Hendo has explicitly stated that their interest in that (different from the Lexus application) technology is not for hoverboards or transportation, but rather for potential applications in building stabilization during earthquakes.
Hoverboards are a fun marketing project. Not sure they'll be anything else. Maybe you Hugo Bois will be able to figure out how to make them something more
Las video from Lexus! The Lexus Hoverboard arrives August 5th.
EDIT: But here is the video we are more interested in
EDIT #2: Did you all hear what I just heard? "There's the science part of it, and then there's the design and the beautiful part of it..." --Glenn Haddock, Board Engineer.
Nope They both work together.
Hehe, thank you Taylor for the videos! the second one is particularly interesting