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Controlled Quantum Levitation Used To Build Wipeout Track

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the why-youtube-exists dept.

Japan 162

First time accepted submitter gentryx writes "Researchers at the Japan Institute of Science and Technology have build a miniature Wipeout track (YouTube video) using high temperature superconductors and quantum levitation. Right now this is fundamental research, but in the future large scale transportation systems could be built with technology akin to this. I have a different vision: let Nintendo sell this as an accessory for the Wii U. I'd buy several of these tracks, let the gliders race through the whole house and track them on our TV!" Update: 01/05 22:08 GMT by S : As many readers have pointed out, this is CGI.

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Um? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602734)

Um... it's a confirmed fake?

Re:Um? (5, Informative)

McDrewbs (2434030) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603364)

Even if the video itself was believable, which it wasn't. The youtube video has this snippet in the description. "(C) Copyright! All rights reserved belong to Sony Entertainment and SCE Studio Liverpool." Little bit of a give-away and all it took was a little reading.

Re:Um? (2)

Zelucifer (740431) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603572)

The technology exists though and from what I've seen isn't incredibly difficult (although I may be misinformed) to replicate, so I have to wonder why they didn't do so.

Re:Um? (1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit420 (2018880) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603576)

the video itself is very believable. [youtube.com]

you're an idiot.

Re:Um? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603638)

The existence of quantum levitation as a concept does not make the video "very believable". Nuclear explosions exist, if I posted a video of me in my back yard banging two rocks together and then cut to stock footage of a nuclear blast, and then claimed banging rocks together caused a nuclear reaction, would that be "very believable". Because I'm pretty sure if you say no then you're an idiot and completely pathetic. And possibly stagnated as well.

Re:Um? (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit421 (2018882) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603810)

ur mum's face're an idiot and completely pathetic.

the existence of proof of concept is not the same as the existence of a concept.

building a quantum levitation track and filming it has already been accomplished... an anonymous coward causing a supercritical nuclear reaction in their backyard by manually banging rocks together and filming it has not. you're a moron.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Re:Um? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603942)

Different AC here... All of you little nerd-fags that sit about on the internet engaging in pointless discussion all cower in shadows. Get a fucking life.

I like to read the comments and find the stupidest ones and reply in an insulting way. You win.

When my shift is over in 30 minutes, I'm going to go home and do non-nerd things.

Re:Um? (0)

MichaelKristopeit421 (2018882) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604082)

you're an ignorant hypocrite.

you work shifts? that is very telling.

when i feel like doing whatever i want with my wife and children and dogs and numerous firearms in the home i paid cash for, i'm going to leave my home office and do non-slave to the clock things.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Re:Um? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603604)

What tipped me off was that it was available in 720p and clear to view. Most science demonstration videos are at best 320p, with alot of grainy artefacts.

It *is* a fake... (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603996)

... but it did tip me into making my first PS3 store purchase, Wipeout 2097 from the PSX classics section.

Market-leading bastards. Now if you'll excuse me I have some reflexes to get back...

Re:Um? (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604054)

If only you could read Japanese....

"This is a short recording Taju Mohn our research and experiments on quantum levitation. Bibliography of young researchers in the lab said the game "Wipe'Out" was inspired by our research led to the launch.

They are the result of research by our near future, life-sized "Wipe'Out" would have been expected to be a race."

Also, the technology (and understood quantum effects) exists and is well documented.

Sorry to break this, but... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602736)

...the video is a fake. I'm amazed that OP didn't catch this, and I'm amazed it fell through the cracks and ended up on the front page. Seriously, just look at the CGI effects.

Re:Sorry to break this, but... (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603256)

ya I saw this already and I thought it looked fishy myself.

Re:Sorry to break this, but... (4, Informative)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603306)

@ 1:14 you can see the smoke going through the curve on the track.

Re:Sorry to break this, but... (5, Interesting)

mortonda (5175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603736)

The real quantum levitation doesn't need that throttle, just give a push and it would skim around really fast. That doesn't even look right. The real thing is much smoother: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA [youtube.com]

Re:Sorry to break this, but... (1)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603804)

wow, that is absolutely amazing!
Tho is that even real :/ but if it is, wait till when we can do this at temperatures upto +40C !
Now that would be freakishly cool

Re:Sorry to break this, but... (1)

Twinbee (767046) | more than 2 years ago | (#38605006)

So what would be some of the hurdles to get a life-sized Wipeout track based around this principle? At a guess, I'd say almost limitless quantities of energy would be the main hurdle to cool the track down enough. (I know you get maglev trains, but they're fixed to a track and can't move left or right).

built (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602738)

built!

Thats just to cool (0)

zbobet2012 (1025836) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602750)

No pun intended. But it really is freaking awesome. The child in me who built hot wheels race tracks that ran the whole house just ran in circles of joy.

More likely to be a Sony or Microsoft accessory. (0)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602754)

Nintendo isn't known for making high-cost accessories.

Re:More likely to be a Sony or Microsoft accessory (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603334)

I'm thinking of the company who made me pay for the following game console items for the first time: 1) Analog joysticks 2) Rumble packs, with batteries 3) Stereoscopic display (Virtual Boy) 4) Cables to connect handheld consoles to tv-based consoles for use as controllers 5) Adapters to play legacy game cartridges on new hardware 6) Extra analog sticks for motion controllers 7) Controllers for playing emulated games 8) Shoulder-mounted light-gun bazookas 9) Dance pad style floor controllers. What company was that again?

Re:More likely to be a Sony or Microsoft accessory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603610)

Some mystical company that held a gun to your head until you forked over the cash. You really should report to the police if some company "made" you buy anything....

Re:More likely to be a Sony or Microsoft accessory (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603666)

Snark much?

THIS IS FAKE (5, Informative)

cultiv8 (1660093) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602760)

It's a trailer for a movie [thecreatorsproject.com] . Jesus people do your homework.

Re:THIS IS FAKE (1)

Maddog Batty (112434) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602782)

Look carefully and the vapour trails go through the walls.

Re:THIS IS FAKE (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602990)

Not that I doubt it's fake, but what movie was this part of a trailer for? The article at your link did not say.

Re:THIS IS FAKE (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 2 years ago | (#38605046)

I thought it was obvious: for a new game from Sony Entertsinment: Wipeout Quamtum.

Re:THIS IS FAKE (1)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604984)

If you read your own link, it posits that the vid MAY be a viral ad, much like a SIMILAR one previously turned out to be shelling for a movie.

However, this vid has not been in any way associated with an ad campaign. It's just a CGI mockup with what seems like a real track and fake cars. This implies the publishers went through considerable effort to create it physically, but failed to achieve their goal.

Overall, this is deceptive and only does them a disservice.

Re:THIS IS FAKE (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 2 years ago | (#38605074)

Not quite failed. Geeks in /. now are aware of the (upcoming) Wipeout Quantum game, presumably for the PS3.

Slashdot trolled (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602766)

Yep, you lose slashdot. This is a troll. If it was controlled levitation the rotation of the vehicles would be fixed to their original position, and would not rotate to match the track.

Re:Slashdot trolled (2)

gtirloni (1531285) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602908)

When I saw this a few days ago, it was so obviously clear that it was a fake that I didn't bother to watch until the end.

And now it shows in Slashdot. Jesus.

Re:Slashdot trolled (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603240)

I'm guilty of watching, but more in the hopes they had Fluke playing the backing track.

Re:Slashdot trolled (-1, Flamebait)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603316)

Well your intellect obviously trumps all of us plebeians. You should go to MIT and create the most beautiful formulas ever devised with the perceptive mind of yours. While you're at it, lose the superiority complex.

Re:Slashdot trolled (1, Insightful)

gtirloni (1531285) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603410)

Don't be so uptight about this.

Re:Slashdot trolled (1)

Billy the Mountain (225541) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602978)

Not so fast. The orientation of the vehicle depends on the orientation of the magnetic field and the orientation of the magnetic field is easy to set within the track. Can't say this is a fake or not but I think the physics is sound.

Re:Slashdot trolled (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604436)

Imagine if they had two magnets. One at the front, one at the back, both on pivots.
Sure it's a fake, but your reasoning seems flawed.

Epic (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602794)

It's real wipeout. Epic. Nothing left to say.

Wipeout, on nVidia Riva 128 (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602796)

Wipeout, on nVidia Riva 128

So many memories that I don't care if the film is fake or not.

Nostalgia.

How can you NOT spot that this is fake? (3, Insightful)

carlhaagen (1021273) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602806)

The computer generated imagery and FX are so obvious. Also, there's no such thing as the Japanese Institute of Science and Technology (JIST). However, there is a Japanese ADVANCED Institute of Science and Technology - JAIST. How did this slip through and reach the front page? :)

Re:How can you NOT spot that this is fake? (3, Funny)

donotlizard (1260586) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602954)

There used to be the Toronto Institute of Technology and Science (TITS). I'm not sure what it's named now.

Re:How can you NOT spot that this is fake? (3, Funny)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603260)

Building Of Old Bad Science (BOOBS).

Re:How can you NOT spot that this is fake? (1)

niftydude (1745144) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604324)

There used to be the Toronto Institute of Technology and Science (TITS). I'm not sure what it's named now.

Nice one. They should collaborate with the Curtin University of New Technology (CUNT). Who knows what might eventuate?

Re:How can you NOT spot that this is fake? (1)

ObiWanKenblowme (718510) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603026)

If there were a Japanese Institute of Science and Technology, would their logo be in English?

Re:How can you NOT spot that this is fake? (2)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604602)

If there were a Japanese Institute of Science and Technology, would their logo be in English?

Yeah. It might be.

Seth

FAKE FAKE FAKE!!! (5, Informative)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602812)

The mist trails are all wrong. The car changes from when it is in the hand to when it is on the track. The lighting is wrong. The movement is wrong. I am not even sure the track is real.

Re:FAKE FAKE FAKE!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602920)

The guys with quantum levitation on circular tracks are real, but yes, this video is fake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K610EpvszLk

Re:FAKE FAKE FAKE!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603662)

The track is not real - you can clearly see it sliding along the surface in a few shots and at the beginning when the actor is using the controller, you can all the masking around the controller and wire. They basically shot a blank table then motion tracked it and did the rest in 3d.

Fake (1)

pdabbadabba (720526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602820)

This seems pretty clearly to be fake. Look at, for example, at 1:13-1:16 and, in particular, the "exhaust" from the yellow car thing as it is rendered on top of the track instead of being obscured by it.

It has to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38602836)

I, for one, welcome our new Soviet quantum profit levitation 2. ????? YOU!

Come all already (4, Funny)

wideBlueSkies (618979) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602872)

The only thing more embarrassing for /. for posting this obvious fake...well, it'll be when it gets reposted in 2 days...

Off-Topic with Karma to Burn (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#38602998)

So... how about that new design that just popped up? (Go on, hit F5.)

Re:Off-Topic with Karma to Burn (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603516)

Looks the same to me.

Re:Off-Topic with Karma to Burn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604260)

Fags. Nerd-fags. Nerd-fags that get joy out of accumulating points. Nerd-fags that like to level-up.

The subject of your post indicates that you are a nerd-fag with this obsession.

No one gives a fuck about your slashdot score, and neither should you. Get a life.

Fake, but Quantum Levitation is real. (2)

LikwidCirkel (1542097) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603002)

Even though this video is fake, the videos of guys with circular tracks that look like they're shot at trade shows are real. I actually kind of suspect that they tried to do this for real but it didn't work, so they created a fake video to spoof investors or other people whom were promised results.

Re:Fake, but Quantum Levitation is real. (4, Informative)

amazeofdeath (1102843) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603464)

"Quantum levitation" is just trying to make old superconductivity effects somehow sound even more cool. Try Meissner effect and flux pinning instead.

Advertisement on slashdot (0)

skeffstone (1299289) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603046)

A viral video of a new game in the wipeout series made it to slashdot frontpage? I must be new here.

Sorry! (4, Funny)

gentryx (759438) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603182)

...didn't know this was a fake. Kind of spoils the fun of having a ./ story posted for the first time. :-/

ps: I'm not affiliated with the creators of the video.

Re:Sorry! (2)

SurfMan (969573) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603232)

Also, while we're nitpicking, it's /. not ./ you insensitive clod!

Re:Sorry! (4, Insightful)

gentryx (759438) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603324)

Oh noes, what a fail day! ^^ But if /. is my current working directory, then /. becomes ./

Re:Sorry! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604448)

All is forgiven.

Re:Sorry! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603596)

This is the best first time accepted submission ever. You should be proud of this enormous achievement.

Re:Sorry! (3, Insightful)

elsurexiste (1758620) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604566)

Kind of spoils the fun of having a ./ story posted for the first time. :-/

Don't worry. Even if it had been authentic, someone would have thrown feces at it anyway. XD

Fluke. (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603190)

Without Flukes "Atom Bomb" playing its not Wipeout.

And this is why... (0)

Sez Zero (586611) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603216)

And this is why we can't allow first-time accepted submitters.

Re:And this is why... (1)

Pyrus.mg (1152215) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603286)

Why not just go all out and disallow first-time parents?

Re:And this is why... (1)

Sez Zero (586611) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603332)

Why not just go all out and disallow first-time parents?

I'd prefer to not allow procreation on Slashdot at all, first-time or otherwise.

What quantum levitation.? (2)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603284)

That's pretty lame, the original post provides a link for "quantum levitation." that goes to a Wikipedia page that wants the user to choose between three different things. No reasonable poster would provide that link, if the poster wanted to link to Wikipedia he should have made the proper choice on the "Disambiguation page" and posted the link to the actual article. If I need to follow the link then one should assume that I don't have enough information to make the choice for myself.

Re:What quantum levitation.? (1)

dido (9125) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603724)

Presumably they're talking about the Meissner Effect, since they're also talking about superconductors. Flux pinning is another phenomenon also related to the Meissner Effect. The Casimir Effect doesn't seem to have any relationship to the levitation mentioned (and the phenomenon doesn't seem to have had much in the way of applications outside of nanotechnology).

Re:What quantum levitation.? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38605068)

"Quantum levitation" is just a new fancy buzzword for superconductivity [wikipedia.org] to make sound like something new what's essentially a hundred year old discovery.

quantum scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603352)

quantum is the new buzz word to scam investors

Why the Wii? (2)

bananaquackmoo (1204116) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603388)

Nintendo is the wrong choice for a Wipeout track. You're looking for an FZero track. If you want a Wipeout track you have to use Sony, sorry.

Re:Why the Wii? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603812)

If you want a Wipeout track you have to use Sony, sorry.

Are you forgetting about Wipeout 64?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipeout_64

They didn't actually do it? (3, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603434)

It's quite possible to do this. See this video [youtube.com] of quantum-locked magnetic levitation. And this one, with an actual levitating skateboard. [popsci.com]

It looks like the people behind this video cheaped out and didn't actually build the thing, which is lame.

Re:They didn't actually do it? (2)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603654)

More of same. [youtube.com]

In the words of KnowYourMemes... (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603448)

This looks 'shopped. [knowyourmeme.com]

English, do you speak it? (4, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603494)

"Researchers at the Japan Institute of Science and Technology have build a miniature Wipeout track..."

Please. It's "have builded".

Re:English, do you speak it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604150)

"built" ???

Re:English, do you speak it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604370)

swooosh

Re:English, do you speak it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604560)

NO, it's not It's "have built".

Re:English, do you speak it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604824)

33 million results for the phrase "have built" say that if it wasn't part of English before, it sure is now...

Re:English, do you speak it? (1)

callmebill (1917294) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604632)

have beert

Soundtrack? (1)

supaneko (1019638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603532)

Not to take away from the discussion of the fakeness that is... but does anyone know what musical tracks were used in this videos?

I tend to be a drum & bass junkie long before a nerd (though, in some parts, it seems that bassheads are always the nerds).

Next time...RTFA? (1)

supaneko (1019638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603568)

Remember... this is Slashdot. We don't read the article, even when it's on Youtube! ;)

From the description of the video, the soundtrack is:

Noisia - Seven Stitches
Mist - Smart Systems

Sled too slow to stay on banked corner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603538)

It was totally obvious to me that the sleds just weren't fast enough to stay on the track around the vertical banked turn -- didn't anyone else think that? We're expected to believe that centrifugal force keeps them on the track as they go through that turn, right? They're clearly going too slowly for that...

Re:Sled too slow to stay on banked corner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603838)

quantum levitation ??

you need to go google now

My guess: Vita ad (1)

Xaide (1015779) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603584)

On the small amount of info given this would seem to be an Augmented Reality Wipeout game for the PSVita. Um, thanks for the viral ad?

Advertisement (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603642)

It's just a "mysterious" clip tailored to create hype around some upcoming Wipeout release, maybe for PS Vita?

Maglift (1)

Tyr07 (2300912) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603646)

Even if the video was 'real' (It wasn't imo), it could simply have been maglev, you know, magnetic replusion to keep them in position on a closed track.

That actually works, fyi. We even have trains that use maglev, fastest one is in asia somewhere I believe. Japan or China.

Anywho...

Re:Maglift (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#38605028)

Pretty sure Maglev wouldn't have kept them floating over the vertical part of the track.

I most definitely would NOT like to read. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38603672)

Loose the bullshit helpful features, OK?

Two kinds of people (1)

Mooneyj (1563525) | more than 2 years ago | (#38603690)

Two kinds of people, Those who immediately see this as fake and those who post it to boingboing and slashdot as interesting.

it's not fake, it's physics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604278)

watch this for explanation and even more astonishing details of quantum levitation.
http://kottke.org/11/10/quantum-levitation
And please stop being half-wise-asses

Re:it's not fake, it's physics (1)

McDrewbs (2434030) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604402)

The video in the Summery is fake. WipeOut 2048 will launch on PS Vita sometime next month and the Wipeout youtube video also has "(C) Copyright! All rights reserved belong to Sony Entertainment and SCE Studio Liverpool" in the description. The technology is real though and Sony are just capitalising on it.

Can be done though? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604340)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lmtbLu5nxw&feature=related This is more like it.

WTF (1)

M0j0_j0j0 (1250800) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604648)

Has just happened here!!! i feel dirty, if someone calls im in the shower.

And please stop calling this shit "quantum levitation" is ridiculous.

the TV show Colbert report had quantum levitation (1)

guantamanera (751262) | more than 2 years ago | (#38604668)

There was quantum levitation showed at the Colbert report once. Jump to the 4:38 mark [colbertnation.com]

Re:the TV show Colbert report had quantum levitati (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38605062)

here is a helpful child-like jingle for the brain impaired still infesting this site:

if you can see it with your own eye, the word 'quantum' DOES NOT APPLY.

Spell much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38604944)

I'm familiar with linguistics and I usually see no spelling mistakes of this particular kind from Japanese speakers -- "reaserche." Because of the type of language differences between Japanese and English, there is usually a very particular type of spelling deviation. Also because of the rampant usage of English in Japan (not necessarily in fluent conversation but loan words and words added in songs and media because of their more suitable length, sound, etc. it's normal to see fairly good English spelling from the Japanese. This deviated from any error I've seen before by FAR...enough to set off a flag in my mind...and that's even before the ridiculous CG video even actually started...

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