DailyDirt: Hoverboards Are Real!

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The "magic" of magnets have been observed for quite some time, but it's not actually an easily explained phenomenon that magnets can repel and attract in various configurations. Still, we can take advantage of this property of magnets, and create some amazing tricks of levitation that seemingly defy gravity. We could have a commercial hoverboard for kids to play with (as an actual toy) pretty soon, and we could potentially have some other even cooler devices based on "hover" technology. If only we could get a Mr. Fusion device together.... If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: halbach array, high speed rail, hover technology, hoverboard, maglev, magnetic levitation, magnets, transportation
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    JoeCool (profile), 28 Oct 2014 @ 11:33am

    Real, but REALLY impractical

    They yammer incessantly about how their hoverboard is real, that it actually hovers over an "inactive non-ferrous" surface. They're like the sleight-of-hand con-artist trying to divert your attention from the REAL trick - the fact that you have to coat EVERY bit of area you wish to "hover" over with a conductive, non-ferrous, metal (the patent uses copper as an example in one place that's never mentioned again). Yeah, I'm going to spend hundreds of thousands covering my yard in copper so the kids can hover one inch over the yard on their $10,000 board that they'll be sick of in two days since it will ONLY work in the yard due to the needed metal coverage.

    Save yourself a lot of money and a headache - buy a regular damn skate board and report these morons to whoever is supposed to keep rip-offs like this off kickstarter.

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