Let me take you back to the year 1989; I was entering my pubescent teen years and my hormone-addled brain was desperately trying to cling onto any vestige of sanity in my closeted (albeit geeky) existence. Comic books took the edge off, as I would allow myself to be taken to a place where super powers (and most especially the ability to fly) existed. No matter how bad my days were, I’d curl up in my bed with 2-3 comic books in tow, hoping that if I read them right before I slept, I’d get to dream of flying! Enter: Back to the Future II and the advent of the (make-believe) hoverboard! ERMAHGERD, Marty McFly could kinda…. well… FLY!!! In a stroke of genius by Lexus’ marketing team, they’ve just unveiled a real, honest-to-goodness, HOVERBOARD! And for those of us paying attention, the year that Marty and Doc traveled to the future, was 2015. I? JUST? DIED!!!
Lexus is referring to this miraculous breakthrough as SLIDE and personally, I will be glued to every last social media feed known to man, as this phenomenal stroke of genius develops. For now, it seems that the SLIDE can only hover a few inches off the ground and only in a “controlled environment” (whatever that means), but hey; we all gotta start somewhere, right? The SLIDE’s levitation is reported to be powered by liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to achieve friction-less movement. Guess this means Lexus didn’t have to go Doc Brown’s route and hijack some plutonium. Not to mention the fact that I’m not so keen on the idea of using a hoverboard powered by a nuclear reaction generating 1.21 gigawatts of electricity…. See? I pay attention!
Only time will tell when this product will be released to the public. I can tell you this though: you better start saving up if you want one. The SLIDE may very well cost you an arm, leg and maybe your first born.