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New Skateboard Defies Gravity

发布:Andre tian2014-12-29 17:57分类: 英语 标签: english

From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.

Can you imagine riding around the streets of your hometown on a skateboard without wheels? In the late 1980s, film director Robert Zemeckis showed a skateboard floating above the ground in his movie Back To The Future Part II.

Now, an American company, Arx Pax, has moved the idea for such a device from a futuristic dream to reality. The new product operates on the same rules that govern magnetism.

When similarly charged ends of two magnets get close together, they repel or push away from each other. That force can make an object levitate or hover in space.

Since the 1980s, levitation has been used on trains in Europe, Japan and China. These maglev trains, seem to float above the ground. There is no contact between the bottom of the cars and the surface of the train track. Maglev trains are almost noiseless and can move very fast.

Greg Henderson says the same technology can make anything hover, even buildings.

"Imagine there's an earthquake and the early warning turns on the warning systems and the supports fall away as the building starts to hover. The shaking stops, the supports return, and no one in that room or in that building ever knew there was an earthquake."

Greg Henderson's company created the first maglev hoverboard, called Hendo. It can hold a single person about 2.5 centimeters above a metal surface.

"We are creating a magnetic field, and then through a method of induction, that's part of our secret sauce, we are creating a secondary and equal magnetic field in this conductive surface."

Batteries provide the electricity needed to power Hendo's four engines. However, the batteries only last for a short time. But design engineer Kyle O'Neil says they last long enough for experienced skateboarders to learn how to control the hoverboard.

"Some people say it's like snowboarding. Some say it's how they imagined a hoverboard is supposed to be, which is kind of an interesting response because no one's ever ridden one before."

The creators of Hendo say they do not expect to see their hoverboard on the streets anytime soon. The reason: it only works on a metal-covered surface. But they say larger hover engines could be used to transport containers in storerooms.

For now, their dream is to build a recreation area where anyone can take a ride on a hoverboard.

And that's the VOA Learning English Technology Report. For more technology stories, go to our website 51voa.com. Give us a like on the VOA Learning English Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter at VOA Learning English. You can also watch vedios on the VOA Learning English YouTube channel. I'm Jonathan Evans.

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