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 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 4 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 got the measurements and shape for 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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