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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 29 Oct 2014 @ 9:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Real, but REALLY impractical

    Whatever Toyota might be researching, there is simply no advantage to making cars "lighter" -- in fact car designers try hard to do the opposite. Sports cars typically use aerodynamic add-ons such as air dams and spoilers to push the car harder against the road for improved tire grip and cornering ability.

    Otherwise, most cars, including the famously airplane-wing shaped Volkswagen Beetle, get increasing lighter the faster their speed, making high-speed travel even more dangerous.

    The singlemost practical use of magnetic levitation yet conceived is high-speed trains, though with the efficiency of modern wheel bearings continuing to improve, even that's debatable, especially when cost is factored in.

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