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Levitating Drinkware

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You can drink alcohol to get drunk, or you can try to class it up and turn it into a whole experience instead. In your quest to do so, you might opt for high end liquors, fancy glasses and now, levitating drinkware. Levitating CUP uses a magnetic base and special glasses that float above it trough Electromagnetic Suspension, to awe your guests and give the evening that little extra flair that many people look for. There’s a permanently wired base, and a battery-powered one that allows you to carry the glass-base duo around your home. The drinking vessels are solidly anchored in place, so it’s relatively easy to transport without worrying about spillage. They come in different shapes accommodating all kinds of liquids, even mundane drinks like coffee. That’s right, you can get your cup of Joe to float, if that will somehow spice up your day. Prices start at $139 with Very Early Bird pricing.

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Get Some Levitating Plants For Your Office

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You’re looking at LYFE, a zero-gravity growing system that allows you to cultivate your favorite plants in mid-air. A set of magnets in the base and in the geodesic pot makes it literally float in mid air, gently rotating and exposing the plant to sunlight from all sides; you do have to plug it in by the way, since things don’t just rotate on their own. If you live in the US and the EU, purchasing one of these even comes with its own Air Plant, which is a type of plant that only requires sunlight and water to grow, as it absorbs its nutrients from the air, rather than from their roots. The silicone-based planter pot features a reservoir to mitigate against over-watering. It’s a $199 pledge to get your own.

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Ferrolic Display Makes Good Use Of Ferro Fluid

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You’ve probably seen Ferrofluid before: it’s a black goo that contains iron particles and reacts to magnets in a fascinating way. Zelf Koelman became so enamoured with the little blobs that he and his team spend “a few thousand hours” developing Ferrolic, a special display piece that uses Ferrofluid in creative and mesmerizing ways.

In the front, the display has a basin comparable to an aquarium in which Ferro Fluid can move freely. Behind the scenes powerful electromagnets enable Ferollic to influence the fluid’s shape, to pick it up and move it around. Both modules, the basin and the electronics, sit secure in an aluminium frame.

The software behind these electromagnets, and thus the shapes and information displayed, can be edited. Ferrolic is controlled by an intelligent internal system that is accessible trough a web-browser. In this way users can assign “the creatures” to display time, text, shapes and transitions. Experienced users can create animations from their own custom shapes.

In the display above, Ferrolic is being used as a clock, but that’s just one of the many thousands of things it can display.

It’s a work in progress, and a Kickstarter is planned for some time in the future. But for now there are 24 early production models available for anyone who’d like to develop for Ferrolic… at the princely sum of €7,500 or about $8,500USD.

Ferrolic from zelfkoelman on Vimeo.

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Magnets Turn Your Fridge Into Giant GameBoy

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This isn’t going to look so hot on a stainless steel fridge, but if you’ve got the white version, the FreezerBoy Refrigerator Magnets will give it some gamer appeal. It’s a set of magnets meant to emulate the look of a GameBoy, with the screen measuring 16inches by 12 inches. Being magnets, they’ll leave no trace on your fridge when you remove them, and at $20 for the set of 6, you’re looking at a pretty inexpensive way to add some geeky flair to your home.

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Colorful Ferrofluid In A Bottle Is The New Lavalamp

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You can choose to adorn your desk with an almost infinite number of trinkets, but we beg of you to ignore the Newton’s Cradles, or the Lavalamps, or even the decorative Rolodexes of old, and consider the Colourful Ferrofluid In a Bottle instead. Ferrofluid is a thick liquid that is mixed in with nano-scale iron particles. It doesn’t mix with water and tends to clump together. But in the presence of a magnet, the liquid comes to life. You can delight yourself and your guests, for at least 30 whole seconds, with the shapes the liquid will take inside the bottle. You can even “double your fun” by using two magnets. It’s a fun tabletop toy that costs $60.

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Floating Iron Man Suit Is The Coolest Useless Toy Money Can Buy

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We’re not sure it’s ever smart to spend a large chunk of change on a toy, but if you have $170 burning a hole in your pocket, the Iron Man Mark II Special Floating Edition sure looks cool. It’s part of the Egg Attack series, and floats in mid-air thanks to a combination of attracting and repulsing magnets.

True to the key features of the Egg Attack series, Iron Man’s every detail is meticulously crafted, including the armor, joints, and flying mode air deflector. The Iron Man 3 Mark II Magnetic floating version’s main body is painted with high-quality metal coating, showcasing Mark II’s steel-like armor. High-luminance LED light is hidden within the eye, chest reactor, and feet, which stays true to the night flying mode in the Iron Man movie.

The Egg Attack Iron Man 3 Mark II Magnetic Floating Version is shipped with a glowing magnetic levitation base, a customized battery case (fits 8 AA batteries, sold separately), and a protective sheet.

So that’s it, $170 for an awesome levitating Iron Man toy. Watch the video; it’s hard not to want it.

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BottleLoft Saves Some Space In Your Fridge

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Once again showcasing how we definitely do live in the first world, the BottleLoft is a device specifically designed to make more room in your fridge for beer. Because a full fridge is a problem, in some parts, and making room for beer is definitely an essential necessity. Ok… we’re only being a little bit sarcastic, because we actually do like beer and think this is a pretty cool device. It uses Neodymium magnets to hold on to your bottle caps, attaches to the “ceiling” of your fridge using a special 3M tape and can hold up to 88lbs under ideal conditions. That should be many times more than enough to hold 6 beers, so we’re giving the BottleLoft a hearty thumbs up. Especially at the $39 pledge pricing.

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Table Made From Magnetic Levitating Cubes

floating-table Ever on the lookout for unique and innovative furniture, we’re intrigued by Rock Paper Robot’s Float Table. It’s made from a matrix of wooden cubes with strong magnets embedded within. The magnetic forces repel the cubes from one another, but a series of steel guide wires keep everything in place. This gives the table a solid appearance while undisturbed, and a wobbly look when touched. We’re not sure how stable a table it is, and placing a wine glass down on it might be a dicey proposition. But it sure is a talking piece that anyone with money will be more than happy to have in his living quarters. We say ‘people with money’ because it’s one of those pieces with no advertised price, placing it squarely in the “if you have to ask” camp.

Edit: A reader informs us that the table is $10,000 and is available here.

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Ninja Star Fridge Magnets

This is as old as the world… if the world was magically created in 2008. Still, we stumbled on them, and thought you’d like them. Not going to spend much time on it. Hit the jump for another pic and purchase info.

$17.

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