Steorn shows revolving Orbo to the public

Steorn shows revolving Orbo to the public

Summary: Steorn has unveiled its over-unity Orbo device, which promises perpetual motion, to the public in a gallery in Dublin

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • At 1pm on Tuesday in Dublin, Steorn unveiled its first demonstration of its Orbo over-unity device running in public. Although ZDNet UK wasn't invited to the press conference beforehand, a reader who works very close to the demonstration site was there and sent us pictures and comment from the opening.

    At the same time as the public demonstration began, Steorn started two live video streams and updated its website with more promotional material and some extra details of its developer programme. However, it has not as yet included any more substantive technical details of the underlying principle of operation — and, as we can see from the pictures, has left many key points unaddressed both on its website and in the demonstration.

    There are two Steorn Orbo devices, presented on a clear plinth behind a ribbon. About the size of a domestic coffee machine, they are fashioned out of thick translucent plastic and contain a flywheel-like rotating device with coils around the periphery. A battery is connected via some electronics, and a micrometer appears to be coaxial with the shaft of the flywheel.

  • The battery is the large black and silver cylinder to the bottom left of the device, and is connected via the electronics and red cable to the internal mechanism. Because of the translucency of the plastic, the details of the mechanism aren't clear.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • Not any kind of tech

    What is this pile of effing nonsense doing here?
  • The ultimate con?

    This is worthy of "Hustle"! Produce a load of pseudo-scientific gobbledy-gook, then charge people to "learn" about it. That would appear to be the real business these guys are in.

    Get real - it's a dynamo driven by an electric motor, however you try to dress it up. And you CANNOT get more out than you put in. If you could the universe would cease to exist. 1.2 Wh of battery will keep a rotor on good quality bearings with minimum air resistance turning for a hell of a long time - nothing magic about that.

    There's about as much science here as a shampoo advert.
  • Nay sayers always shout the loudest.

    I've been following the progress of these magnetic motors for some time now and I have to say they look convincing.
    Don't dismiss something because it flies in the face of what you think you know.
    A lot of scientific advances came from seemingly impossible concepts and even the greatest minds get it wrong.
    Remember Einsteins letter to Born where he states that "I am convinced that He does not throw dice" referring to the Copenhage interpretation of Quantum mechanics.
    An interpretation which has since given us the transistor, a purely quantum mechanical device impossible to explain with conventional physics which nevertheless has had the most profound impact on our lives and the world as a whole.