A Cool DIY Magnetically Levitated Bed
A reddit user has taken the idea of floating beds out of the conceptual stage into reality - behold the magnetically levitated bed.
Steel cable tethers the top bed to the bottom base. Had to do some math to determine how long the cable needed with how high I calculated that the bed would float. I got this stabilization system (and most of the idea of the bed!) from this bed which is a much larger scale, much more expensive version.
I think that he got yhe idea from this video.
This made me think of the
magnetically floating furniture from Kurt Vonnegut's 1959 novel The Sirens of Titan:
The office was spookily furnished, since none of the furniture had legs. Everything was suspended magnetically at the proper height...
Thanks to Zac Hunter, we have cool sf precursor for this DIY bed from the 2007 novel Update 17-Jun-2012: Spook Country by William Gibson. See the entry for the magnetically levitating bed.
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