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Ian Dunn
1098977.  Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:38 pm Reply with quote

I think this is a must-see for Series M, if it does any more experiments. A Californian company has fully funded a Kickstarter campaign to make a fully working, real-life hoverboard.

 
CharliesDragon
1098978.  Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:01 pm Reply with quote

It's not long until 2015, they better hurry. :P

 
mjc3
1099053.  Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:46 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
I think this is a must-see for Series M, if it does any more experiments. A Californian company has fully funded a Kickstarter campaign to make a fully working, real-life hoverboard.


I am highly incredulous at the results they are posting and even more incredulous at the ability to take this any further.

Another M-topic though is magnets. One aspect of them which is claimed to be used (although they skimp on mentioning the limiting factors) by this company is the ability to "lock" a magnetic field such that a very cold object can levitate on a field of strong magnets. Have an awesome video explaining it further: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqEEZa2Gis

 
suze
1099070.  Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:02 pm Reply with quote

By an amazing coincidence, the episode of QI which aired this evening in the UK featured a demonstration of precisely the effect you describe here, under the heading of L for Levitation.

They had a guy from Oxford University on, and he said that his current research interest is finding a way to make this effect work at room temperature.

For those outside the UK, I dare say the episode will hit all the usual places before very long.

 
'yorz
1099080.  Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:34 pm Reply with quote

Wow. What's the chance of posting that just before the airing of the relevant episode?

 
Peaseblossom
1099452.  Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:50 am Reply with quote

Mmm, I wish I had a photo of my reaction to that on QI - I think I was managing to both grin with delight and have my mouth half open in amazement at the same time.

If we can't have that machine next series, then why not go to the opposite extreme - low-tech - and have a demonstration of the original machine?

 
14-11-2014
1105183.  Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:15 am Reply with quote

The evolution of a computer. In April 1992 IBM's first ThinkPad laptop computer, the 700T or 2521, was ... a tablet, already featuring Solid State Disk^b^b^b^bFile connectors and a stylu^b^b^b^b^belectomagnetic pen.

 
gruff5
1105187.  Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:20 am Reply with quote

Apple, like Microsoft, are not the technology innovators they would have, and do have, the public believe they are. They take other people's ideas, add some design flair and then market the hell out of them. It works $$$.

 
gruff5
1175947.  Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:45 pm Reply with quote

Well, Apple are, against my expectations, still doing very well commercially.

But maybe the worm is beginning to turn?

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/08/apple-under-pressure-lawyers-error-53-codes

 

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