Video: Levitating Magnet Defies Gravity

Here is an interesting project that uses the Hall Effect to make a magnet hover in mid air. A microcontroller is used to make rapid adjustments in the strength of the electromagnet (the coil above) to center the permanent magnet and keep it still. Even with outside influences – in this case a poking finger (video below) – the permanent magnet quickly returns to to the center.

The first video below shows the magnet in action and being pushed around, the second gives a better look at the whole setup. Pretty neat.

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Project Page (translated) via Hacked Gadgets

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