One giant electromagnet of a rail...Yeah, that's what I imagined in 6th grade...or pretty close to it. And not surprisingly, the refutative arguments were something similar to the drawbacks we see now that it has been implemented. Though I am rather glad to see it is so energy efficient which I hadn't anticipated. With nill on the mechanical wear it would seem an ideal solution. Still, I know what you mean about not everyone interested in chipping in--my own family balked at the initiatives last NOV to put more train railing down in our state because we live so far removed from any potential developments, that we would not benefit for any tax $$$ we paid out. So I can especially understand that problem on a larger scale. With less expandability that makes it even more troubling.
I suppose it all depends what we're using applied EM/RF excitation for in order for it to be efficient. If powering it meant sucking the economic life out of you...well, that really sucks. (no pun)
I.E. CO2 lasers with an RF power supply not having as good of electrical input to optical output efficiency as their direct contact excitation counterparts with electrodes.
In short, I'm glad it's a more efficient method for mass transit than other methods.
@thread: So far as levitations I guess electromagnetic and sonic make the list of those that apply. But lasers??? How so with lasers???
Originally Posted by Yar-El
Remember the Tesla experiment? We now have lasers on jeeps. Who knows where this levitation experiment could lead? Rev7, you are right. 20 years from now we may have a very different approach to old transportation methods. I hope this works. Goodbye oil? Maybe. Sky is the limit.
Unfortunately, so's our wallet book.
While I agree W.R.T. progressions for technology and science over time-and it only gets faster...I see one of two meltdowns occurring if we don't slow down. Economically or Self-Destruction on large scale.
Still hopeful, I'm glad to see we have made such headway in such a short historical period of time nonetheless. Problems are inevitable along the way. Mind you I love lasers and I admire Tesla greatly. HOWEVER for Nikola Tesla's wireless experiment to evolve there are a few things I'd want clarified first:
1) If em radiation is/can be harmful as things are currently, what would make having such radiant energy present on a much larger scale (much larger being several orders of magnitude) ANY safer?
2) Given his obsessive and immense genius I have little doubt Nikola truly achieved what the many accounts claim; thus the experiment of Wardenclyffe scares me to death that such a thing might cause the ionosphere and atmosphere to energetically become one at the blink of an eye (translation: earth's surface on up would be ignited like the sun).
I want to see levitation on a practical scale in our everyday lives as much as any of you. I really do--because that would be *badass*. I'm just not sure how we'll make it there around all the problems in the way.
I believe innovations that may come of all this would be:
A) Safety buffering technology to lessen the severity of automobile impacts if not prevent some of them outright.
B) Retention moorings which provide a pulling tether effect; may be useful for, say, workers on scaffolding or preventing vehicular theft.
C) Maybe suppression fields like in the Taris dueling arena?
Can't really say I see anything like a back to the future hoverboard--at least not quite exactly as portrayed. I'm not all that well recited to the laws of physics, but I scratch my head at anyone who claims to have pulled it off.
I'm curious, how much does anyone know about Zero-Point? I don't know much and would love to hear about it. Also slightly off topic but related: I am interested, though, in Tesla's development of inductive technologies on small scale which have been very much put on the back shelf for damn near a century. Searches of interest are...
Inductive proximity charging
Drop that in your energy drink and chug it!