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Lexus Announces Back to the Future Hoverboard

Ever since Back to the Future 2 came out, people have been waiting for someone to invent the hoverboard, and Lexus may have finally done it. In the movie, Marty McFly uses his futuristic hoverboard to get away from some bullies, and it is one of the most iconic scenes in film history. The film was released in 1989, and it has McFly going to the year 2015, so it’s pretty good timing that Lexus was able to unveil the news of their hoverboard this year to keep some accuracy from the film. The Lexus Hoverboard seems like something out of a science fiction movie and has the sleek, futuristic design. The board uses magnets in order to make it levitate, which gives the rider frictionless movement. In order to keep the magnet system within the board cool, Lexus has implemented liquid nitrogen superconductors. Magnets eventually lose their polarity, but Lexus created permanent magnets for this board. Although the hoverboard from the film allowed Michael J. Fox to go virtually anywhere, the Lexus Hoverboard only works on a metal surface. In the video they launched to show off their hoverboard, the rider is at a skate park, but Lexus confirmed that the skate park has metal underneath the concrete surface. The video was simply an announcement of the design, but Brad Reifler told the folks at Reuters.com that Lexus hopes to debut the prototype in October of 2015.