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jim in paris

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FLYTE spinning light bulb
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:31:44 AM »

hello

has anybody heard about these spinning things ?
I saw one in a shop the other day: it's like a levitron but spins very slowly




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Re: FLYTE spinning light bulb
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 10:03:53 AM »

That's really cool! I hadn't seen this version with a light bulb but we discussed before these levitating bases: link. The addition of the RF signal to power the light bulb (or charge a phone) was a neat idea!

I have one of these levitating bases and works as described. In fact, I have used it to display a top.  :)
Although one brand name is Levitron Revolution, it is quite different to a Levitron top. The Levitron top is passive, no circuit, getting its stability just from the spin, while these bases have an active electronic feedback. The slow spin you generally see of an object floating on these bases is just caused by the center of mass not perfectly centered and it is not essential.
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jim in paris

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Re: FLYTE spinning light bulb
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 10:56:58 AM »

yeah they are pretty cool objects!

imagine my heart beat when I noticed one in a window display
last Saturday::::I stood there watching ,

jim

 PS : later ... saw the price tag : 340E !



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Re: FLYTE spinning light bulb
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 07:20:00 PM »

Very cool find, jim!

But do they really expect people to pay what they're asking?? Functionality-wise, I can get a fast induction phone charger for well under $50 and a small LED desk lamp that puts out way more light for under $15. That leaves >$250 just for the novelty factor. Are well-to-do fools and their money that easily parted?  ???
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