Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Futuristic Floating Bed Invention Makes Its Debut

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Magnets are not just for your refrigerator any more – they’re now for your bedroom too.

At least that’s the attraction behind a Dutch architect’s invention: A magnetic floating bed designed to make you feel as if you’re sleeping on air.

Janjaap Ruijssenaar says his floating bed must be placed in a room with magnets in the floors because the bed also has magnets inside of it. The attraction between the two sets of magnets give the bed a magnetic pull, allowing it to levitate about 16 inches off the ground – even with two to three people lying on it.

Ruijssenaar explains that the bed is also held up by four thin cables that hoist the bed and make it “float up, not down.”

Ruijssenaar admits he was, in part, inspired by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that’s where he got the measurements and shape for the lighter-than-air bed.

The floating bed has a price tag of about $1,500 and Ruijssenaar hopes to get a buyer soon so he can start production.

Meanwhile, he’s dreaming about creating an entire floating bedroom that would include, as he puts it, “... maybe a nice floating sofa chair.”

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