Sci-Fi In Real Life: Hoverboards On The Way With Advancements In Quantum Locking

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If you were asked what piece of awesome fictional tech you’d love to see find its way into the realm of the real, 99% of respondents would, without even thinking about it, say the Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part 2. The idea of floating around smoothly on a board that hovers six inches above the ground is awesome. Maybe even more awesome and affordable than flying cars. Well, the gap between fiction and reality may have just closed significantly.

Geniuses from the Tel-Aviv University demonstrated “quantum locking”, which allows superconductive metals to be suspended above a magnetic field. The process involves freezing the metal down to where the electrical resistivity is zero, allowing it to be locked in space above a proper magnet. That’s the best I can do to explain it, but check out the video after the jump and have your mind blown by seeing it actually in action.