See a brick-topped pillow appear to float in midair

Settle down, nerds. What you're about to see isn't insider info on "Star Wars: Episode VII." But it's still really cool.

Can a brick-topped pillow really float in midair? Can a stack of books magically levitate on its own?

Nah, but this demo by YouTuber Brusspup of the CLM 2 magnetic levitation module will let you imagine so. The magnetic module is a creation of Netherlands-based design studio Crealev, a company that knows how to create magnet magic. Remember that levitating lamp from 2007? That was the work of one of its designers, Angela Jansen.

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Video screenshot by Rusty Blazenhoff/CNET

But how does this crazy contraption work? Well, the company isn't divulging its secrets, naturally, but it states on its website that its "levitation technology uses repelling magnets combined with sophisticated electronics to keep floating objects in position." OK then.

Well, no matter how it works, Brussup reports on YouTube that it's pretty cool, writing it's "huge and powerful, it's really hard to believe. I've had smaller units before that will float items weighing about 1 pound. This unit can float objects weighing near 20 pounds. Even though it's beautiful to walk in the room and see this unit sitting there, I love to try and hide the unit with various objects. The magnetic disc is hidden under the chessboard, for instance."

For the floating books, he continued, "I made a fake book and hid the magnet in it. The pillow is one of my favorites. The visual of a floating pillow supporting a 7 pound brick is fun to see. And then the last was just so cool to see. As a kid I dreamed of the Millennium Falcon. So to see it floating just brings it to another level of reality."

Check out his video demo and dream of a day when we can all play a game of sci-fi floating chess.

(Via Sploid)

About the author

Rusty Blazenhoff has been deeply involved in cyberculture for more than 20 years, and immersed in pop culture since getting her first copy of Dynamite magazine. She loves kitsch, quirky artifacts of Americana, and enjoying island life in Alameda, Calif., with her daughter. She makes a mean Fluffernutter.

 

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