Magnetic levitation technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace. China is introducing new maglev trains every few years, and Japan's first high-speed maglev construction is well underway. The technology might not trickle down as-is to gadgets available for the enthusiasts, but there is a clear impact on the popularity and development of these items. So we gathered a list of what's new this year, a selection of the most interesting magnetically levitated appliances.
1. Magnetically Levitating Saturn Night Lamp
This is the newest addition to the famous moon lamps. The Saturn lamp spins and glows in the dark. You can switch between white light, warm white light, and cozy warm yellow light, depending on your mood. The Saturn lamp is powered by electromagnetic induction. We think it's the coolest version, but you can choose other planets, Mars, Jupiter or Earth, or the Moon.
It's the most simple do-it-yourself DIY maglev demonstration. This small magnetic levitation toy is easy to put together and perfectly showcases how this technology works. Science classes or at home, at this price, it's a must-have.
Would you like to generate your own energy, even when the sun doesn't shine? These compact wind turbines using maglev technology come with 400W, 600W, and 1kW power rates depending on the version you choose.
Luckily for us, with the improvement of technology, these air bonsais keep getting better and more affordable. The wooden base and the ceramic pot are provided. So all you need to do is find the perfect little plant and have beautiful and futuristic decoration.
You can show off your sneaker collection in the most stylish way. All you need to do is place a magnet that's provided into the shoe's heel to make it levitate. The built-in LED lights will keep the shoe in focus, and there is a small fan that works to rotate it.
This is the bare magnetic levitation platform that you can customize yourself. The base and the platform are stylish yet straightforward rectangles with a reflective color coating. The levitating platform has a 200-gram weight limit. It comes in two colors: black and white.
The magnetic levitation module is made for you if you like to open up things and see all the technical details. The levitated metal platforms allow up to 300 grams of weight to be placed on them. So you can play around and try to levitate toy cars or even a piece of fruit if it doesn't exceed the weight limit.
The 1/8th scale replica of the iconic Back to the Future hoverboard is fully functional, as long as you are using it in the 8-inch half-pipe that comes with it. It's the futuristic version of the fingerboards popular around the millennia. It gives them the joy of friction-less tricks and works well as a cool decoration.