Stellanova Magnetic Levitating Globe
Floating magnetic desktop globe.
Harnessing the power of Castle Grayskull, the manufacturers of this floating desk globe have created a levitating world. Coincidentally, you too can harness this power by simply plugging your Magnetic Levitating Globe into a standard electrical outlet.
Powerful magnets at the top and bottom of the globe allow it to suspend gracefully in mid-air.
Features & specs
- Approx. 12" tall (including frame)
- Computer controlled levitation
- Comes with an AC adapter
- Instruction manual Download (PDF) :
Watch our Levitating Globe video
Notes on this video
- The Silver Levitating Globe pictured in our video has been discontinued by the manufacturer and replaced with the Blue Levitating Globe pictured elsewhere on this page.
- The Blue Levitating Globe functions identically to the Silver one featured in the video. The only difference between the two is the color of the frame.
Magnetic Levitating Globe
How the floating globe works
It's a simple premise: put magnets of opposite poles on the top and bottom of the globe. Their forces should cancel out and the globe will levitate. The theory is great except that it would require a globe that is perfectly spherical and with a completely uniform distribution of weight. Basically, this would require a magnetic levitating globe created by NASA engineers using $15,000 hammers.
The next logical step is to create magnets that can adjust their forces based upon changing conditions. For instance, if there's a little wind in the room that forces the globe in one direction or pushes it slightly up or down, the magnets could adjust their forces and keep everything balanced.
That's exactly what the Magnetic Levitating Globe does. In the top of the frame, there is a sensor that measures the magnetic field to measure the height at which the globe is suspended. In the bottom of the base, there is a microcomputer that adjusts an electronic magnet in the upper part of the frame in order to maintain suspension.
Yes, you can give the levitating globe a spin
The magnetic Levitating Globe is fairly robust in terms of maintaining its suspension. However, it's not suspended by invisible steel cables. It's floating. So, yes, you can give the floating globe small nudges with the tip of an eraser so that it rotates freely. But, you can't smack it with your hand and expect the globe to remain floating.
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