Magnetic Levitation Room


The MagLev Room is an interactive art experiment proposed and created by Sean Bennett.
This website was made to take introduce you to the project and link you to the research and creative influences that inspired the MagLev Room.



How Magnetic Levitation Works

Superconductors produce a supercurrent that creates a perfect
mirror of a constant magnets poles. This mirror provides the magnet
with a stable repulsion that causes the magnet to levitate called
The Meissner Effect.
The superconductor, in order to have zero
electrical resistance, must be cooled in liquid nitrogen. Without
resistance the superconductor is able to mirror the constant magnet
almost instantly. This allows the magnet to be able to spin, wobble, or
bounce without the magnet shooting away or slamming to the ground.  



           The Room

The room is painted white and is completely empty except for the levitating object/s. Inside the walls of the room are a series of ceramic yttrium based superconductors set up in a grid pattern. These superconductors can
 be moved left, right, up, and down in order to move the object/s..


The Magnets
    
      The room is filled with over 100 three inch neodymium magnetic balls that
          are levitated and moved around the room by the superconductors.

          Neodymium
magnets are a type of rare-earth magnet known to be the
          most powerful type of perminant magnets.  odymium



                The Controls

                                                    The controls for the magnets must be housed outside the room due to the
                                                          strong magnetic forces at work within the room. The person interacting
                                                          with the room uses a touch screen display that has buttons programmed
                                                          to create specific geometric shapes within the room.

Future Applications 
This technology carries with it many future possibilities. Using different sized magnets to hold object in the air, the MagLev Room can be used to display high quality goods in mid air. Other possible 
commercial applications could be floating novelty items, floating stairs, floating tables, etc...


MagLev technology is now being used for train transportation and will in the future be use for car transportation.  


Links

    Research
    Magnetic Levitation
    The Meissner Effect
    Superconductivity
    MagLev Trains


    Inspiration
    Morpho Tower
    Floating Bed


    Related
    The Hutchison Effect