Lexus test successfully Slide table, inspired by ‘Back to the Future’, in Barcelona
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The dream of many skaters is finally a reality. The carmaker Lexus has shown that creating a skateboard without wheels is possible, thanks to the magnetic levitation. And it’s not a laboratory experiment, but the first world test Slide Lexus has been in Barcelona, at the hands of Ross McGouran skater.
Lexus has become the flying skateboard actual appearing in Back to the Future 2 with an existing technology: magnetic levitation. The company has applied the same technology that makes possible the maglev trains to create a table that levitates and that, in the view of images and videos that have posted the signing really works.
But the table is tricky. And it needs to run a special, magnetic track, which repels the skate. The Slide, equipped with liquid nitrogen cooled superconducting (hence emits some smoke), it is repelled by the floor (not rub), gliding contact this. Indeed, in testing even skate slides over the water.
To present the table, the firm created in Cubelles track for the occasion, 200 meters, in which it was shown that the invention works. With no one above, the table about 8 centimeters up on sleep, whereas when the skater goes the distance is reduced to about 5 centimeters. Skaters move around the track, and the table responds. He even moved above the water and achieves skater jump over a car (Lexus, of course). But: it seems more difficult to control than a normal skateboard.
“Embarking on this project we set out to push the limits of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible,” said Mark Templin, Lexus executive vice president. The company, which worked on the project for 18 months, has made clear it does not intend to market the product.
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