Quantum Levitation is a process in which a superconducting disk is locked in three dimensional space using a permanent magnet. It is also known as quantum locking and quantum trapping. Whichever way you look at it, it’s pretty impressive.
I first blogged about quantum levitation in October 2011, joking that fans of Back to The Future may, one day, own a real life hoverboard. If you take the following video on face value, you may think that reality isn’t too far away.
The Japan Institute of Science and Technology have applied quantum levitation to a race track scenario, similar to the classic Playstation title ‘Wipeout’. Prepare to be amazed:
And now the bad news
Credit goes to an old school friend, Alex Wood, for questioning the validity of the video on a recent Facebook post. At first, I thought he was simply doubting the awesomeness of the Japan Institute of Science and Technology (JIST), until he pointed out that it didn’t exist.
Whilst there is a Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), I couldn’t find anything to suggest JIST is real.
Sadly, it appears this is just a promotional video for the next Wipeout game. Gutted.
If you want to know more about the science behind quantum levitation, check out this video.