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Old 05-10-12, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default ZeroN - Levitated interaction element

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What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended anywhere in mid-air? ZeroN is a new tangible interface element that can be levitated and moved freely by computer in a three dimensional space. Both the computer and people can move the ZeroN simultaneously. In doing so, people and computers can physically interact with one another in 3D space.
http://www.leejinha.com/zeron

Cool huh? Using computer program to stabilize objects in a magnetic field. It has plenty of possibilities to use. Imagine wearing a magnetic suit and fly around... like an individual roller coaster. Or move floating tables or a tv in your house with just a touch. It has potential for construction sites where workers need to move heavy objects. Or program a route in google maps and just use this magnetic technology to fly to your job...
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Old 05-10-12, 10:05 PM   #2
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To float a little ball under a decent size solenoid is one thing, but you would need a hell of a lot of current, massive solenoid and intense cooling for bigger applications. Unless you have giant solenoid weighing tons mounted on a big 3D mechanical actuator installed on the roof of your house, you can't move around household items just like that. It would also be impossible to stop unwanted interaction with other nearby magnetic items like kitchen knives, hard drives, television screen, surround sound speaker system. Understanding Newton's 3rd law of motion, it would be impractical to use magnetic force instead of just tying a rope or cable to lift heavy objects. To generate a magnetic field strong enough to repel the weak earth's magnetic field and get you to fly to your job is unthinkable with the technology we have.
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Old 05-11-12, 06:50 PM   #3
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Actually, I don't think they're talking about levitating anything major {just yet}. It looks like this is just about a new way to make presentations and such. Maybe as a 3D product display that companies can put out.

Something else this could be used for is gaming. Can you imagine playing D&D or some such 3 dimensionally for REAL! Tiny metal figures traipsing through a landscape. With dragons flying around. And other creatures attacking the party. And all controllable by computer. THAT would be a trip!!

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Old 05-11-12, 07:40 PM   #4
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It's a very cool and creative idea that has massive potential considering the need to make technology more interactive and tactile to everyday people, especially children.
Thanks for the share!
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Old 05-11-12, 10:26 PM   #5
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Quote: Originally Posted by mineonlymine View Post
To float a little ball under a decent size solenoid is one thing, but you would need a hell of a lot of current, massive solenoid and intense cooling for bigger applications. Unless you have giant solenoid weighing tons mounted on a big 3D mechanical actuator installed on the roof of your house, you can't move around household items just like that. It would also be impossible to stop unwanted interaction with other nearby magnetic items like kitchen knives, hard drives, television screen, surround sound speaker system. Understanding Newton's 3rd law of motion, it would be impractical to use magnetic force instead of just tying a rope or cable to lift heavy objects. To generate a magnetic field strong enough to repel the weak earth's magnetic field and get you to fly to your job is unthinkable with the technology we have.
you are 100% right. Maybe install it in just one area of the house, just to play around. We could invent a new sport with it lol
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