The answer: Maybe.
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We’ve seen plenty of hoverboards and hover toys and hover miscellanery over the years, and they all rely on super-strong magnets to stay aloft. But the more weight you intend to add, the colder and stronger those magnets need to be. Lexus claims its hoverboard uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to support an actual rider, hence the foggy mist coming off the board.
What's interesting is that so far the company has been very tight-lipped about the specifics. It did reveal that the hoverboard has been in development for over 18 months by teams in both Germany and London, and it’s currently being tested by a professional skateboarder in Barcelona, although riding it is supposedly an entirely different experience.
When it comes to hoverboards, we desperately want to believe. After all, 2015 is here, and it looks nothing like the future predicted in Back to the Future 2. Why shouldn’t we have floating skateboards by now?
But there are lots of clues that give us reason not to get our hopes up this time. Every hover device that relies on superconductors only works on a special magnetic surface, and this board appears to be floating on concrete at a regular old skate park.
Eventually Lexus did admit that their board isn't just hovering over regular concrete, so there is that. And so far they haven't shown anyone riding the thing. They have promised to show more, but until that day comes, we might just have to again go back to our hover-dream well. Good ol' Marty McFly won't ever let us down.