MagLev Room is an interactive art experiment proposed and created by Sean
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.
Magnetic Levitation Works
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 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 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
controls for the magnets must be housed outside the room due to the
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.
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.