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The Real-Life Hoverboard That You've Been Dreaming Of Is Finally Here

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Earlier this year, Lexus pissed off the internet.

A maddeningly short video, bedecked in shiny lighting and slow motion pan shots, teased a "working" hoverboard. The 30th anniversary of Back to the Future was apparently being marked with the arrival of a technology we never thought possible. 

The sceptics formed an orderly queue in the comment boxes, declaring it fake and little more than a PR stunt. They were sort of right.

This is the latest video of the Lexus hoverboard - so aware of its importance that it mashes up drones with a BTTF pond-skimming reference. "The Lexus Hoverboard is here!" it exclaims, as trendy types glide about a skate park. Except it isn't an ordinary skate park. It can't be. Because the hoverboard only works with magnets. 

This is how Lexus explains its technology: "The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats - reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197°C. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets.When the board is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board."

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So, if you've got yourself a skate park filled with magnets and a backpack filled with liquid nitrogen (which we hope you haven't), then the Hoverboard is indeed a reality. 

Except it's not for sale. 

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