Floating furniture? In his 1959 novel "The Sirens of Titan," Kurt Vonnegut created the idea of furniture with no legs:
It turns out that a young Dutch architect has created a floating bed that uses magnetic forces to hover without legs.
His inspiration? The monolith from Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." If he had just extended his sf reading a bit, he would have discovered that Kurt Vonnegut had anticipated him by forty-five years.
Janjaap Ruijssenaars explains his reasoning for the magnetic lift in this way:
The price for this sleeping platform? A mere $1.54 million. He should be careful; the magnetic furniture in Vonnegut's novel was not an economic success due to impracticality and expense.
Sleeping is apparently a popular topic for sf authors; check out these science-fictional sleep favorites:
- BedogA comfy canine (from Frank Herbert, author of "Dune").
- Freefall couchRelax in no gravity (from Dan Simmons, author of "Hyperion").
- WaterbedThis Heinlein favorite kept the 1960's creator of the waterbed from getting a clear patent.
Read more at Designer creates floating bed; thanks to Mike Billa for contacting us with the sf reference and tip on the story.
(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction.)
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