05 July 2006

Floating Bed

It really floats! Designed by Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, it can carry up to 900 kilos of weight, and looks very cool from a distance. It took him six years to develop, and floats by means of magnets. Not everyone can sleep on it, though. It costs a whopping 1.2 million euros!!

When I think of beds, I think of sleep first, and comfort, second. Even if I had the money, I wouldn't buy this bed. I move a lot when I sleep. I don't want to end with a fracture from a bad fall from my floating bed.

To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;

~~~from Hamlet (III, i, 65-68)

10 reactions:

Moof said...

That is quite impressive!

I agree with you, however - I would rather sleep on something a bit more ... solid! Even my waterbed is more solid than that! ;o)

eye said...

Whoa! Way too cool. Kaso lang, wala bang side effect sa health yung exposure to magnetic fields for 8-10 hours everyday? Just wondering...

Ann said...

It looks like a flying carpet in Aladdin. Dapat siguro may safety belt ka pag matutulog ka ryan.

Major Tom said...

What a very costly way to sleep. The magnetic fields may be just too much and I've heard some scientific and medical study have insinuated that magnetic fields---too much exposure---on it could cause some grave medical problems.

The technology behind this awesome floating bed though is so crafty and futuristic. I can see a lot of application for it in our daily lives.

ipanema said...

museum material.

what happens if the magnets go haywire? i think the person will be flying out of that glass walls, turning it into a flying bed. :)

seriously though, i dont know if i can sleep in a bed like that.

rolly said...

YEs, why pay so much for a thing when you can have the same effect on something cheaper? So. it flats, then what? Will it ensure sleep? Ako, what I need is a tv to fall asleep and I can just be seated on a chair. haha

MommyBa said...

I think this was the same bed on the article I read in the Metro this morning. £800k! It's crazy! LOL!

Dr. Emer said...

If my humble understanding of the Dutch news item (linked in my post) is correct, the architect says that the magnetic field emitted is "verwaarloosbaar klein," or in English, negligibly small.

Also, if you review literature, the conclusions reached on voluminous research studies on magnetic fields still remain inconclusive, contradictory, and controversial.

Cathy said...

That is so neat! I would love to try it out but I never will. Just how many people could afford this thing?

martin g said...

Yes, it certainly is amazing . It would ( if built ) hover 40cm above the floor and carry 900kg load.

Ummmm . . . Has anyone done the maths ? The magnets would have to be the kind of strength that run MRI machines and more ( ummmm . . . say, x 10 > 100 ).

Could it be that all that actually exists are some computer renderings ( i.e. ‘artists impressions’ of ‘what it might look like if it ever could be built’ – like the one above ) and a fifth-scale model ( presumably hovers 8cm – i.e. feasible ).

I’m not sure about the magnets, but the power of the press-release should never be underestimated.