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Where we’re going, we don’t need Mattel.
Carrying on the bold ideals of Back to the Future, here comes a video of a ‘working’ hoverboard developed by none other than Lexus. Using a combination of liquid nitrogen and electromagnetism to propel itself into the air, we see one skateboarder ditch his wheels and hop aboard for the blink-or-miss-it footage.
The SLIDE was created by scientists and engineers in the Tokyo HQ of the Japanese carmaker as part of their ongoing ‘Amazing In Motion’ campaign, which has also produced quadcopters, dancing mannequins and 11ft android. Like we say, they’re Japanese.
And while the company said the design offered 'frictionless movement' of a kind that had been thought impossible, there was no word on cost or how likely it is that we’d be able to get our hands on one, leading many to wonder whether it’s just a PR gimmick or actually physical tech.
Much of this is down to the mysterious and short length of the video, sure to raise eyebrows a high as the hoverboard itself. But then why would Lexus ever lie to us?
Let’s hope not, longtime Lexus fan Alan Partridge would be furious.