Levitation Fun with a Giant Scrapyard Electromagnet.

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+2 1. Rodarius commented 12 years ago

That looks like a lot of fun! Like a ball fountain or something!
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+3 2. YetiGrowl commented 12 years ago

now try do it to someone with a metal hip or somethin'! THAT would be cool to see!
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+7 3. JesperA86 commented 12 years ago

#2 Hips and other various bodyparts are made out of titanium so that wouldnt work
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+21 4. gilezajner commented 12 years ago

Balls are clearly 3D models (it's obvious because compositing wasn't done very well and those people are bad actors) and by the laws of Physics, this isn't possible, so I call it a fake...

I'm just sayin' :)
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+8 5. Malakyte commented 12 years ago

I agree with #4.
I just wondered what were those funny DIY circuits used for anyway?
Remotely controlling the individual magnetic field of each ball using a smart software? Come on, how many balls in the box? Let say 200. You will need the same number of individual radio channels to do the trick.
This place looks like more a graphic design studio with all these big flat panels than a place for electronic engineers or lab guys.
Last thing, I am pretty sure the magnetic field produced by this gigantic device doesn't look like this. I used to play with iron fillings when I was a kid.

Let Mythbusters make it "Busted" or "Plausible" :D
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0 6. evilxjelly commented 12 years ago

i side with #4 also. i know its not the best background to see but i fail to see this casting a shadow too... :S hmm
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0 7. irishgek commented 12 years ago

10/10 for the idea 1/10 for The fake little nail and bit of bread board , and those scrapyard electromagnets also weight a few hundred kilos and are not held up by crappy little chains like that.
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+7 8. Sizzlik (admin) commented 12 years ago

I guess you can tell its not real already when they bought a giant electromagnet at ebay =) Still nicely made
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+9 9. Gorf commented 12 years ago

Plus you wouldn't have a giant electromagnet in a room full of PCs...
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0 10. Sakzzz commented 12 years ago

That magnet can pull tonnes of metal in one go. They would have had their jeans unhooked, chairs sucked up and computers f$*ked up if that was real
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+2 11. MakeTnotWar commented 12 years ago

They invented plastic balls without a shadow. Best seen at 1:07
Although I think it could be done by constantly changing polarization of the magnets
Found an example:
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0 12. RomanianGuy commented 12 years ago

great , now do with a bunch of monkeys.
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+2 13. c0mmanderKeen commented 12 years ago

#5 You wouldnt need 200 channels of course since every chip could respond to an individual signal transmitted via some wifi derivative.

But I agree with everything else.. And feel ashamed because I didnt even spot it -.-
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-7 14. ridebmxx3 commented 12 years ago

waste of money dumb americans
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+1 15. drienuldrie commented 12 years ago

True or false; still entertaining.
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+3 16. roisterdoister commented 12 years ago

0:59 ..like many flying m&m's :D
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+2 17. SamPsychedelic commented 12 years ago

can someone plz tell me the name of the music, if anyone knows it...?
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+2 18. Rickspinion commented 12 years ago

Not saying it is true...
But I can see the shadow at 1:04
it goes out of the box and continues to the shadow from the desk chair.
And it is kinda moving/jiggling.

And I guess by turning on a small electro magnet in the device
they stick in the ball... It could all be real.

I've worked with MRI's before...
I wouldn't stand real close to one though.
No watches/metal allowed in the same room etc etc.
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0 19. fulmar commented 12 years ago

can't fool snotr
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0 20. loadrunner commented 12 years ago

if they turn on the magnet full power they possible distroy the computers.

plausible, in case a magnet does attract other magnets.

nice vid.
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+3 21. Thanos commented 12 years ago

I know this video isn't exactly the latest one, but still. After reading all these posts I thought summarization is in place.

1. It is indeed feasible. As a matter of fact, it isn't all that difficult of a task. Of course there is the relativity of 'not being difficult'...
2. Those DIY circuits are quite essencial to the whole interaction thing. To be exact, they are electromagnets with wireless switch pre-designed so that they work in 'sets'.
3. Whoever was under the impression there is no shadow, look carefully near the box (it's shadow to be exact). I assume person who said there is no shadow was looking for it on the background wall, it's not there due to lighting. (just notice where the light sources are)
4. For those who are under the impression that computers, watches, and/or other electronics in the vicinity of this 'giant electromagnet' would be under it's influence, would be best to point out that it's not by far turned on it's full capacity. Just look at how 'slowly' those !!electromagnetic!! balls are moving towards it. Just for the record, were this device on it's full capacity, distorted would be not only computers and other electronics, but also all people in that room, given the fact that every magnetic piece of metal would suddenly start flying towards that electromagnet at quite high speed.
5. Comical part, you can buy 'giant electromagnet' on the ebay, but it's highly improbable to do so unless you convince someone to put it up there first - it's quite simple to get one outside the ebay, so making the deal via ebay can't be all that hard to set up.

Conclusion, it could be done, but as we're on the internet there is no definitive proof whether it's fake or not. I'd say not fake, but that's just me.

PS: I'd really like to know the name of the music, if anyone knows, please do tell.