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Jul 7, 2018

USEFUL AND UNUSUALLY PRETTY

LeviZen is a piece of design with a 'retro' look and uses sound waves on high frequencies to levitate water and light. It's financed through the Kickstarter platform and has already surpassed its initial investment value, going through production distribution and delivery soon

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By JOÃO BOTEQUILHA

"Experience the impossible", says Simplistyk, at a time we review this 'gadget' which levitates not only water but also light. The product wants to bring something "out of this world" to your desk or shelf, advanced in astronomical terms, and result of a developed particular technology aimed at the floating freedom and, at the same time, replicates the operation of our own universe.

A watch which levitates, a sound controller, a speaker and, also, a plant base which, amazingly, also levitates. All this, without forgetting an incense base. All those with no exception are, bottom line, at least useful objects, but the drops in levitation are nothing but a simple visual effect. There is not even a practical usage and it's hard to imagine it will be used for more than brief moments in our lives, or even to impress a confused friend.

Simplistyk, the company behind LeviZen, seems to be perfectly aware of this and spent so much time designing a 'retro' style for this machine, as developing the relatively simple technology for its functioning. LeviZen resembles to an obscure piece of sound from the 1970's, in a walnut wood structure, with worked aluminium plates and huge metal regulating buttons.

One could say LeviZen as a rather strange look, resembling an audio product and, in some way, it even is. To make water levitate, the system projects ultrasonic sound waves in two ways, combining a static wave with two movements which place it in an inert position. By placing water in those specific points, known as 'nodes', the drops manage to remain in a gravitational suspension, lead by two equal and opposite forces. The sound is ultrasonic, unreachable to human ear, although maybe some of our pets are able to hear it, something to be considered by the happy buyers.

The switch activates two LED spots designed to light one or more drops of floating liquid, adding a spectacular elliptical effect in the device. This is not quite a pragmatic special effect, but sure is a 'cool' device to have over the desk or any other surface that stands out and mixes art, design and science, leaving, once more, functionality a little over the side.

Simplistyk has already gathered more than 50,000 dollars, coming from more than 250 investors, thorugh the Kickstarter platform, what is widely above the initial fundraising value, about 15,000 dollars. As usual, in Kickstarter platform, one must be careful about their project investments, as things can no run exactly as expected, something that's already happened. Even so, the brand already lauched other products, more or less alike, although without the gyroscopic levitation, which experienced the same success in fundraising.

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