Just a few months ago we showed you an amazing video demonstrating quantum levitation. Now a video on YouTube wants you to believe we are one step closer to flying toy cars, but you might want to look a bit closer.
I will admit that when I first played this video, groggy and half asleep, I was astounded and actually cursed out loud in amazement. Then I had a shower, a cup of coffee and, clear-eyed, I became a bit suspicious. First there's the "magical" black device used to imbue the tiny car with levitating power, and then there's the question of how the cars are actually being perpetually propelled along the racetrack. Those were holes in the presentation that might have had explanations, but upon further investigation, those theories needed far too many crutches and caveats.
Oh, and while there is a Japan Advanced Institute of Technology, there doesn't appear to be anything in existence known as the "Japan Institute of Technology," the supposed author of the video.
The other thing that nagged me is that, while my Japanese isn't perfect by any stretch, when I blew up an image of the Japanese writing on one of the cars, it read as gibberish that seemed more like an approximation of random Japanese symbols than an actual word. And, as someone who frequently reports on Japanese companies, I found this video particularly clever in that it purposely misspelled words and used incorrect grammar in its introduction to (I assume) buttress the notion that this video was created by a small non-English speaking lab.
They also attempt to enhance the ruse by citing the "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107," but at the bottom of the video description it clearly states "All rights reserved belong to Sony Entertainment and SCE Studio Liverpool." Which brings us to the very significant coincidence that Sony will be releasing a game of (almost) the same name next month.
But perhaps the most damning evidence that the whole thing is a fake is the controller used to seemingly manipulate the cars. The screen of the controller clearly reads "3DConnexion." Folks, the 3DConnexion is used to control 3D objects on your computer, in software, not in the real world. This is so obvious that one has to think that this was done on purpose by the uploader to clue in anyone looking closely at the details.
So while this is almost certainly just a very clever marketing video by Sony, it nevertheless gives us a very cool look at how quantum levitation technology might be used in the future. The good news is that, unlike certain videos, quantum levitation is real. You can check out the video of WipeOut Quantum below.