Real life Wipeout with Quantum Levitation

“Fake!” I hear you cry. That’s what I thought, especially as the above video has comments disabled, however, the next video goes some way to explaining how this could be possible.


To understand how this works, take a read of the Meissner effect and diamagnetic (ism) over on Wikipedia. Essentially, when you cool something to very low temperatures (that’s what the liquid nitrogen is for) certain materials transition to a superconducting state and that’s when it creates an equally opposing magnetic field (which makes it hover).

I still think there’s a bit of CGI going on there though. If not, I want one for Christmas. Ok?

Published by Spooner

Creative Technologist at Microsoft in the UK working in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, he is at the forefront of emerging technologies being developed across Microsoft and champions their deployment to developers and digital agencies. His work is focused around mobile, the web and Natural User Interfaces.

2 Comments So Far, what do you think?

  1. Daniel

    Amazing!!

    But, here you have the “making of” in Youtube:
    Wipeout Quantum Levitation Track: Secrets Revealed !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J_B5u2lZGW8

  2. Spooner

    Thanks Daniel. I knew there was something kooky going on there (and glad I went with my original skepticism). But the theory (especially on that scale) is there and it’s not impossible.

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