Magnetic Levitation Floor

Array of Electromagnets

An array of controllable electromagnets embedded in the floor. Enables remote manipulation of up to 3 custom modules in free space via frictionless, high precision, non-contact motion control.

Rendering of MagLev FloorDimensions: 2 x 3 m2

Degrees of Freedom: 6 (per module)

Design Team: Maglev Microrobotics Lab

Potential Future Applications:

  • Flexible manufacturing via instant reprogramming,
  • Cooperative manipulation tasks in industrial settings,
  • Patient rehabilitation assistance in biomedical engineering, and
  • Levitating vehicles/platforms in entertainment/mobility.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo