Science-fiction author and futurist Arthur C. Clarke once observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That certainly sums up the new Levia lamp, created by Italian designed studio Idea3Di. At first glance, the stylish lamp — which is mounted on a base made of either Carrara or Black Marquina marble — simply looks like an attractive piece of quasi-industrial chic design. Look closer, however, and the lamp’s oversized LED filament levitates below the lamp stem, creating an otherworldly effect that’s sure to wow visitors.
Holograms are images that seem to jump out of a flat surface, full of depth that you can experience through perspective changes and parallax cues. The three-dimensional effect that a hologram creates comes from the three dimensional light field that’s created when photons diffract through the interference pattern on a holographic plate. It’s essentially a structure made of light that gets projected out into space when the seemingly random pattern of features on the plate interact with each other.
Three-dimensional dancing on soundwaves.
We are nearing the middle of the second decade of the 21st century and we finally have video phones. But where are the floating skateboards and flying cars? Perhaps what researchers are describing as “acoustic levitation ballet” points to some eventual possibilities.
ET3’s Evacuated Tube Transport
For most Bay Area residents in California, commuting is a way of life. Many people are used to an hour commute each way without traffic. Some people in the Bay Area even commute to Southern California several times a month, spending several hours each way either in the car or fighting through airports. What if there was an alternative to flights and car rides? If it was up to Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Colorado company ET3, an answer could come sooner than we think.
Will high-speed tube travel become a reality? A cutting edge company known as ET3 believes the application of magnetic levitation high-speed tube travel will introduce society to an all new era of trade and tourism.
New technology can make life’s most tedious tasks more interesting. Take laundry, for example. The Orbit is a waterless washing machine, which levitates your clothes and scrub them clean with dry ice in a matter of minutes.