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Try Sleeping While Floating on this $1.5 Million Levitating Bed

Try sleeping while floating in this $1.5 million magnetic levitating bed

Do you feel weighed down by the burdens of the day? Does the prospect of a sleepless night weigh heavy on you? Do you wish you could float away from the cares of this world for a few hours each night? If so, you may want to be among the first to purchase a magnetic, levitating bed.

One word of warning…. Unless you happen to have a coupon, it’s going to set you back by about $1.5 million.

Janjaap Ruijssenaars, a Dutch architect, describes the concept at his website, Floating Bed. It relies on a system of opposing ceramic magnets, kept from floating away by cables affixed to the floor.

Since the levitation system does not rely on electricity to power the magnets, you can sleep soundly, not having to worry about your dreams — and your bed — crashing as a result of a power failure. The magnets are designed to retain their power for at least 1,000 years — surely long enough for even the longest of power naps.

The magnetic bed is held in place by cables attached to the floor.

In terms of design, Ruijssenaars was inspired by the obelisk in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is intended to be as much an advancement in art as it is in technology.

“This bed is like the reverse of reality,” said Ruijssenaars. “It is like reality turned upside down.”

Seven years went into the development process of the permanent, non-degrading magnetic support system for the bed. The 1:5 scale model prototype cost an estimated $164,000. The one-of-a-kind full-size model will cost about $1.5 million.

Watch Ruijssenaars explain the concept and development of the floating bed.

Ruijssenaars claims no special health or medical benefits come from sleeping on his creation. His website is also silent about what the powerful magnetic fields will do to those with pacemakers or metallic surgical pins and parts or who wear expensive Swiss watches. We recommend consulting a physician before making this purchase. Of course, if this writer got charged $1.5 million for a bed, it wouldn’t be a faulty pacemaker that would stop my heart!


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