magnetic levitating bed

That thing is for real!!

Every so often, we like to take a look at things whose functionality isn't measured in gigabytes or megabangs, but instead just look amazing. This magnetic floating bed, I submit, may be among the coolest things we've ever covered. Designed by Dutchman Janjaap Ruijssenaars, it's got enough magnets to keep 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds) floating in the air. To make sure that the bed doesn't float away should it become windy (or "interesting," wink wink), it's tethered to the walls by four cables.

Technically, the magnetic floating bed is for sale, but at a price of 1.2 million euros ($1.53 million), you're not likely to find it in your local mattress store

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It will stay steady, though. Just moveable.
I guess I would cover the whole room with curtians (like mosquito mesh) a few feet from the wall. So the bed would have a soft barrier to bump into.

It is little details like this bed, that makes the Bigend charecter so much more alife then in Pattern Recognition.

In PR he felt so static, like an necessary extra for the plot. Now he really caries big junks of the plot. And I really could make up a picture in mind ... about what kind of guy he is.

The guy who would own something like a Wally Power 118 (YouTube)
See it and think 'Cool'-
I can also see how funny it would be to cut those wires and watch someone slide off in their sleep-
I guess one would be lucky that the probability of all the cable loosing at once is vague or you'd become rather squished-

I also imagine the wires are very difficult to cut-
Does the maglev bed "weigh" anything?

Somebody with real knowledge in physics/magnetics please help me out here: Let us say we put a huge scale under the whole house and it weighs 100 tons, including the magnets in the floor. Then we bring in the maglev bed, weighing almost another ton, but it floats. Will the scale now read 101 tons or will it stay at 100 tons?

I am not kidding, I am wrecking my brain here.
If the scale is under the house, you can still measure the weight of the bed. You could test it by getting donut magnets and put them on a peg with a base so that one is levitated by the other and then put the whole thing on a scale. Then weigh each piece individually and see if it matches up.

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