The History of the World’s First
From-Below Electromagnetic Levitation System Began…
In 1992 University of British Columbia professor and physicist, Dr. Lorne Whitehead was granted his first patent for his levitation invention. Whitehead’s patent was a pivotal point in history, making it possible to believe that “Pigs CAN fly!” (MORE)
Whitehead was inspired by his father’s dream to see a magnet suspended entirely from below, and realized that such a low-cost permanent magnet-based levitation system would be “uplifting” for the world.
(Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the video of Lone telling his story.)
A colleague of Dr. Whitehead named Dr. Harold Davis, who ran the University’s Engineering Physics Lab, became intrigued with Whitehead’s groundbreaking invention and began working with Dr. Whitehead on refining it all during the mid-1990s.
When Mike Sherlock and Karen Campisano were first introduced to the invention in 1997, it looked like
Mike and Karen licensed the patent and began promoting it in 1998, and it garnered immediate interest from Lucasfilm and Hasbro, and was optioned by Mattel and Hallmark.
During this time, Mike and Karen kept advancing the engineering, both in collaboration with UBC and with their own company’s engineers. In 2002, additional U.S. and International patents were initiated.
In 2006, Karen and Mike created Levitation Arts, Inc. and purchased all the levitation technology IP from the University. The first commercial manifestations of the technology were marketed under the Levitron trademark, and in 2010 Levitation Arts filed for the trademark Gravitron.
This Levitron/Gravitron technology is currently protected by two US Patents, with patents or patents pending in over thirty countries, which include every known commercial manifestation of from-below electromagnetic levitation.
Watch Lorne Whitehead tell the story of how he was inspired to invent and patent from-below electromagnetic levitation.