Levitation? When I heard that as a kid back in the 80s, it meant that Paul Daniels was passing his hoop over Debbie McGee as she ‘floated’, horizontally, a few feet from the stage. Then in the mid 1990s, when Shaggy was hitting the top of the charts getting all ‘Boombastic’, Psygnosis released their seminal, anti-gravity racer Wipeout on the PlayStation. Levitation was uber cool now.
Accompanied by a club scene inspired sound track featuring Orbital and The Chemical brothers, Wipeout sold over a million copies worldwide and hit the top of the all format charts. It was a title that defined a generation.
The imminent release of the PlayStation Vita marks the return of the series in its latest iteration, Wipeout 2048.
Heading up the marketing campaign is this wonderfully realised viral video showing how current quantum levitation technology could be used to make the Wipeout anti gravity racing a reality.
There is plenty of speculation about how much of this video is actually real and what is CGI, but there is no doubt that superconducting quantum levitation has advanced since its discovery over 70 years ago, with the development of materials that can operate at higher temperatures.
For an explanation of the science behind it all, watch this video…now that’s magic!