And now! – for the Hoverboards!
We will definitely not need roads where we’re going!
We came across this new levitating technology that took the concept to whole other level. Using a technique called quantum locking, it enabled a small object to stay locked in position while suspended in mid-air. Now researchers at Universite Paris Diderot in France have applied a similar technology to build an actual hoverboard. Doc! Watch this space! Step away from the vehicle!
Essentially, they turned a skateboard into a one big magnetic superconductor by icing it with super-cold liquid nitrogen. What this does is it creates an electromagnetic field that’s expelled from the inside, a phenomenon known as the Meissner effect. But since the MagSurf is much larger than the ultra-thin disc used in the previous demonstration, it can’t do quantum locking. Nope. Not today. Not tomorrow. And, unfortunately, not any time soon. That’s why you see the volunteers stretching their arms to balance themselves as they glide across the magnetic track. Pretty COOL!