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Lexus elevates hoverboard

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Lexus has completed a full and final reveal of its hoverboard following a successful testing phase in Cubelles, Barcelona, Spain.

The hoverboard, which was first unveiled in June via a teaser film, has been 18 months in development through a collaboration between scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH, which specialise in magnetic levitation technology.

The Lexus hoverboard technology features two “cryostats” – reservoirs in which superconducting material is kept at minus 197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen.

The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets.

Dr Oliver de Hass, CEO of evico, said the technology enabled the hoverboard rider to carry out a variety of stunts and tricks.

“The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track – essentially keeping the board hovering,” he said.

“This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”

Pro skateboarder and Lexus hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran tested the hoverboard in Dresden and then amongst the dynamic surroundings of Lexus’ purpose-built hoverpark in Barcelona.

The final reveal film, which was directed by award-winning director Henry-Alex Rubin, shows McGouran riding the Lexus hoverboard at the Lexus hoverpark and completing numerous manoeuvres including a jump over Lexus’ forthcoming GS F V8 high performance sedan.

McGouran said riding the Lexus hoverboard was unique.

“I’ve spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I’ve had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the hoverboard,” he said.

“It’s a whole new experience.”

The Lexus hoverpark combines elements from skate culture with technology within its architecture.

Up to 200 metres of magnetic track was transported from Dresden to Barcelona to lay beneath the hoverpark to create the dynamic test, offering Lexus the opportunity to demonstrate tricks no skateboarder could perform, such as travelling across water.

Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International, said the Lexus hoverboard project epitomised the brand’s focus on innovative design and technology.

“Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible,” he said.

“With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making a hoverboard isn’t an easy process.

“We’ve experienced the highs and lows and have overcome a few challenges, but through mutual determination we have created a demonstration of our philosophy in design and technology to create Amazing in Motion,” Mr Templin said.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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