After teasers and speculations, Toyota finally revealed the Lexus hoverboard after a successful testing phase in Cubelles, Barcelona.
A video was released showing the hoverboard in action. Professional skateboarder Ross McGouran tried riding the hoverboard and "has plenty of spills on the way to mastering even basic moves," Wired reported.
"I've spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I've had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the hoverboard. It's a whole new experience," said test rider McGouran, according to a press release from Lexus.
The Lexus hoverboard relies on superconductors and magnets, which work against gravity to lift the board and rider above the ground. The steam that comes out is liquid nitrogen that cools the superconductors to -321 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the temperature needed to make it superconducting.
The hoverboard was tested at Lexus' Catalonina skate park, which is made out of wood painted like cement with an embedded magnetic track that was covered with plaster. When used on other areas, it would simply be heavy and immobile.
In a previous HNGN report, details about the hoverboard were revealed as well as the video announcing its release.
Watching the Lexus hoverboard in action is very exciting! No wonder the video has been viewed over four million times since it was uploaded on Aug. 4.