By Evan Ackerman
The above pics aren’t a photoshop job; that giant Buddha is actually levitating. Netherlands based Crealev has developed a new technology that is able to levitate an open platform with whatever you want on top to a significant height in a stable and resilient way. Crealev isn’t saying much about how it all works, but they do say that the base can be more or less flat (i.e. built into a table), it’s scalable (increasing the diameter of the base causes a proportional increase in the levitation height), it’s modular and relatively inexpensive (whatever that means), and it uses relatively low power (between 0.5 and 8 watts for their basic demonstrator). Here’s some video, half of which is unfortunately an intro:
Crealev is looking to commercialize this, and according to their website you can place orders for custom objects, but there’s no word on price as of yet.