Lexus has created what it claims is the world’s most advanced hoverboard. Engineers at Japanese car company Lexus have been working with experts in super-conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards the world has ever seen. The website states that “the Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible.” The prototype is being tested in Barcelona in the coming weeks. The sad news is, the Lexus Hoverboard is only a prototype, so will not be for sale. “It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination,”said Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International.
If you’re willing to drop the requisite $58,000, you can cruise the fairway (not to mention the rough and water obstacles) in a BW1 of your very own. It comes complete with a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine and promises enough power to reach 45 mph.
“Powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, its nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. The fan’s streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers beneath a lift-up roof and two golf bags in an open rear compartment. Motorcycle-style handlebars steer the craft, controlling its patented fly-by-wire reverse thrust system, which provides braking and backwards hovering up to 25 mph – the only hovercraft in the world to do so.”
World pole dance champion Oona Kivelä demonstrating strength and flexibility moves on stall bars, parallel bars, floor and pole.
Mountaineer Mark Roberts captured an intense fall down the Parsley Fern Lefthand Gully in Wales on his helmet cam last month. He suffered a few bruises and breaks, but thankfully, he looks to be making a full recovery. It might be the scariest sledding footage ever.
Intent on bringing the experience of flight to the underwater realm, French designer Guillaume Binard partnered withAqua Lung to create Oceanwings, a wetsuit inspired by skydiving wingsuits. Free-diver Pierre Frolla demonstrates the wetsuit in this video by Jerôme Espla. There’s no word on whether Oceanwings are planned for production.
This solar powered hot air balloon, which is the latest work by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, is described as “59 Steps To Be On Air By Sun Power.” The artist fabricated the structure of the air balloon with garbage bags, transparent tape, rope, bicycle wheels and other flotsam jetsam materials.