Levitating Toy Trains Are the Best Use of Superconductors Yet

Science and electrical engineering types might have a list of practical uses for superconductors a mile long, but the rest of us really only care about how they can make things magically levitate. Just imagine if a company like Lionel revealed a levitating train set available in time for the holidays, the demand for… » 9/09/14 12:36pm 9/09/14 12:36pm

Watch a Guy Freak People Out By Floating in the Air on a Moving Bus

Though this prank video is an obvious attempt at force inducing viral-ity by Pepsi Max, it's still a pretty fun watch. The magician Dynamo tricks people into thinking he can levitate by 'magically' following a bus around as it moves across London. Watch people freak out when they see him float. » 6/24/13 8:00pm 6/24/13 8:00pm

How Many Engineering Students Does It Take To Create a Levitating…

Just one, as Chris Reigler, an electrical engineering student from the University of Queensland in Australia, discovered. His floating LevLight project could one day revolutionize the way we change burnt out light bulbs, and make thousands of "how many X does it take to change a light bulb?" jokes completely moot. » 7/04/12 5:30pm 7/04/12 5:30pm

Amazing Fly Stick Levitating Toy Doesn't Need Spells, Just Static…

"Wow!" was basically my reaction to this video of the Fly Stick levitating toy in action, followed by the realization that this is about as near as you'll ever get to really playing with magic (or the Force, my inner geek reminded me). Of course the forces it uses are all very real: it's a mini battery-powered Van… » 10/29/08 4:45pm 10/29/08 4:45pm

Hoverit Lounger: Relaxation Through Levitation

The latest in relaxation technology comes to us from British company Hoverit in the form of a handmade acrylic lounger that can hover in mid air. As you might have guessed, the gravity defying aspects of the chair derive from repelling magnetic forces in both the bed and base. Hoverit also suggests that the magnetic… » 1/17/08 6:52pm 1/17/08 6:52pm

Crealev Floating Lamp Leavens Any Room

In the future, everything will levitate. Take for example Angela Jansen's floaty lamp, shown by the Netherlander firm Crealev at a show during Dutch Design Week. (Oh, you don't attend?) It's actually the shade that hovers using magnetic levitation over the light-up lamp base, but it's enough to make you truly believe… » 10/31/07 9:13am 10/31/07 9:13am