Making Lightbulbs Float

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Making Lightbulbs Float
Maker Faire Paris
This post is coming to you live from Maker Faire Paris in France, being held all weekend at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

We talk to Simon Morris, one of the people behind the Flyt — a levitating lightbulb which hovers by using electromagnets and is powered by induction.  The effect, even when you know exactly how the trick is pulled off, is quite magical.

The Flyt is currently funded on Kickstarter, and with over two weeks still left to go on their campaign the team has reached over five times their initial funding goal. As well as the levitating lightbulb we see during the interview the team also has a  maker kit, which includes a base and a magnet with 4 ultra bright LEDs powered wirelessly via induction.

In the long term Simon says that the Flyt team plan to continue working on the concept, including releasing an open hardware version of the product.

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Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

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