Hoverboards imminent

purbeast0

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it's funny cause his explanation of back to the future 2 is exactly how I felt as a kid watching it :)
 

So

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The casimir effect operates on the order of nanometers. Even the roughness of smooth surfaces is on the order of nanometers. It'll "hover" too close to the ground to see with th naked eye, and too close to actually clear friction on the surface it's "hovering" over.

This has significance, but only for nanotechnology.
 

everman

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Originally posted by: So
The casimir effect operates on the order of nanometers. Even the roughness of smooth surfaces is on the order of nanometers. It'll "hover" too close to the ground to see with th naked eye, and too close to actually clear friction on the surface it's "hovering" over.

This has significance, but only for nanotechnology.

We just need more power, on the order of 1.21 Gigawatts!
Great Scott!
 

BoomerD

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If this technology allowed for things like hoverboards, I'm sure the military would take it and claim first priority...and maybe even classify it as a National Defense Secret...however, the commercial implications of such a thing are immense...do away with wheels for transportation, hauling, etc...many, many potential uses for something like this.
 

hanoverphist

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that reminds me of a heinlein book i read as a kid... all the big trucks were hovercraft, that got more resistance with the more force it exerted on the road. damn this memory, i cant remember which story it was...


 

MmmSkyscraper

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Originally posted by: So
The casimir effect operates on the order of nanometers. Even the roughness of smooth surfaces is on the order of nanometers. It'll "hover" too close to the ground to see with th naked eye, and too close to actually clear friction on the surface it's "hovering" over.

This has significance, but only for nanotechnology.

Boo you suck! :(
 

NanoStuff

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Gizmodo is such a piece of shit. This is what happens when you get hippies to comment on technology.
 

Slick5150

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Is the self-powered Pit Bull model available for pre-order anywhere yet? I want to be able to go over water!
 

bsobel

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Originally posted by: So
The casimir effect operates on the order of nanometers. Even the roughness of smooth surfaces is on the order of nanometers. It'll "hover" too close to the ground to see with th naked eye, and too close to actually clear friction on the surface it's "hovering" over.

This has significance, but only for nanotechnology.

From the article:

"Their discovery could ultimately lead to frictionless micro-machines with moving parts that levitate But they say that, in principle at least, the same effect could be used to levitate bigger objects too, even a person."

"Micro or nano machines could run smoother and with less or no friction at all if one can manipulate the force.? Though it is possible to levitate objects as big as humans, scientists are a long way off developing the technology for such feats, said Dr Philbin."