• Fast: New Japanese Maglev trains to travel some 500 km/h

    Current Japanese “bullet trains” can travel at an average speed of 300 km/h (188 mph). Recent proposals could mean that we’ll be looking at trains with average speeds of 500 km/h (310 mph). That’s approaching commercial airline speeds. The trains would run between Tokyo and Nagoya and would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of ¥5.1 trillion ($51.3 billion) to… Read More

  • Maglev joystick developed at Carnegie Mellon

    Force feedback plus six dimensions of movement — I like what I’m hearing so far. This yet-to-be-named device has been in the workings for 11+ years by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and uses a bowl-shaped apparatus connected to a joystick, all of which sits inside a larger bowl-shaped apparatus that magnetically levitates the smaller bowl. There are only ten such devices… Read More