The dream of riding in floating cars like The Jetsons is one of the oldest dreams presented in science fiction movies, but now a group of researchers have unveiled a demonstration that makes such a reality seem tantalizingly close.
Researchers from Tel-Aviv University recently showed off their Quantum Levitation project at the ASTC Annual Conference, and the performance is simply stunning. The group coated a thin superconductor layer on a sapphire wafer which is then penetrated by discrete flux tubes. The superconductor strongly pins these tubes, allowing the wafer to float, or achieve "quantum levitation."
The coolest part of the demo is when the wafer is set on a track and propelled smoothly around it, floating in midair, while mist trails behind it! You can check out the video of the demo below.