Singapore might be one step closer to a levitating board that may transfer dishes from kitchens to diners, or ship mail and packages in a constructing, amongst different issues.
Impressed by the second Again To The Future film from the 1980s, a group of 5 college students from the Faculty of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering in Singapore Polytechnic (SP) constructed a hoverboard that may levitate and transfer alongside a observe.
The group, led by lecturer Leong Ying Wei, 34, includes Mr Amos Ng, Mr Leon Kwang, Mr Chen Xiao Wei, Mr Thant Zaw Aung and Ms Lew Lin.
Within the film, protagonist Marty McFly (performed by actor Michael J. Fox) makes use of a hoverboard to escape a gang, main to an thrilling chase on hoverboards.
For his or her last-12 months undertaking, the group put collectively the hoverboard, primarily based on the phenomenon of quantum levitation, or utilizing quantum physics to get an object to float.
Right here is the way it works.
On the underside of the light-weight hoverboard is a field consisting of six superconductors.
When cooled, the superconductors have particular properties that enable them to be suspended within the air inside a magnetic discipline.
The hoverboard is matched to a magnetic observe from which it is going to levitate.
Liquid nitrogen cools the superconductors to minus 196 deg C, which causes the field and hoverboard to be held in place within the magnetic pressure discipline of the observe.
All it wants now's somewhat push to get it going alongside the observe, the place there isn't any friction.
The product doesn't require electrical energy or combustion of any fuels, which makes it a lot cleaner and higher for the atmosphere, in contrast with the magnetic levitation expertise utilized in bullet trains which makes use of a lot electrical energy, the group defined.
Since there isn't any friction between the board and the observe, there's little put on and tear anticipated, so minimal upkeep shall be wanted.
The group additionally set the file for "strongest quantum levitation impact on a hoverboard" within the Singapore Ebook of Information.
The group may place a 70.9kg weight on their hoverboard, far exceeding the preliminary goal of 60kg.
Mentioned Mr Leong: "We needed to make one thing that appeared not possible previously however is feasible now."
Additionally they had many different takeaways from the undertaking, such because the significance of teamwork and perseverance, even when that they had to work exterior curriculum time.
"It was a helpful expertise for all of us - lengthy however worthwhile," Mr Kwang, who's the group chief, stated.
Though nonetheless a prototype, the innovation may probably be utilized in industries similar to transport and logistics, meals and beverage, in addition to recreation.
For example, eating places may make use of such expertise to serve dishes to prospects, similar to at a conveyor-belt sushi restaurant.
Amusement parks may additionally construct levitating curler coasters, rising the depth of the experience for thrill seekers.
The group will current the undertaking on the annual SP Engineering Present subsequent month to industrial companions and professionals.