Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!
On October 21st, 2011, Thomas Senkel of E-Volo made the first manned flight with an electric multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: “The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot”. This could be the future of flight, piloting a device as easily as driving a car.
Its creators’ goal was to write flight history, they wanted to fly the first manned VTOL as well as create possible grounds for more green transportation in form of Volocopters. Reduction of emissions in transportation was a goal as well.
Though ambitious, E-Volo is only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/
Boca Bearings presents the November 2012 Innovation Contest winner!
Gamera is a pedal-powered quad-rotor the size of a Boeing 737 airplane. In simpler terms, a human-powered helicopter.
The inventor’s objective is to progress towards meeting the requirements of the prestigious AHS Sikorsky Prize (hover for 60 seconds and 10 ft altitude). The secondary goals were to enhance the engineering education of students at the University of Maryland and inspire the public (particularly future engineers).
The Gamera II XR helicopter uses ceramic bicycle bearings for the hand and foot cranksets, as well as steel needle roller bearings and steel needle thrust bearings for each of the four rotor shafts. There are also a variety of smaller roller radial bearings being used in idler pulleys for transmission string re-direction and in idler sprockets for chain tensioners in the cockpit. Steel needle roller bearings are used on the flywheel shaft, which rotates at 800 RPM. There are PTFE plain bearings in the hand grips as well.
Though impressive, Gamera is only one of the many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Gamera and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=87
Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
Barobot is an open source device that pours cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. It holds up to 12 bottles and can pour a drink with military accuracy!
Mixing drinks at home parties might prove a challenge if you are not a trained bartender with professional equipment. It requires remembering many recipes and accurate measures which could be disastrous if you forget. More importantly, it distracts you from interacting with your guests. Barobot’s creator intends to solve this problem altogether.
Barobot is made possible by three needle roller bearings in actuator, two thrust bearings allow carriage movement and timing belt uses two ball bearings for smooth movement.
Though ingenious, Barobot is only one of many entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Barobot and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=106
The Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate a 50-foot, one-ton snake killed off by past climate change. Titanoboa is an experimental creature made up of 20 aluminum vertebrae, oil for blood, a lithium polymer battery life force, and a distributed array of micro-controller brains.
By building Titanoboa, its creators wanted to create an innovative project that is an educational experiment through its construction and deployment. They hope to generate discussion about EV technology, and critical energy issues. They also wanted to create something so improbable that it inspires others by refreshing their ideas of what is possible. The bearings used on Titanoboa are oil impregnated bronze bushings.
Though amazing, Titanoboa was only one of the many exciting entries in 2012’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this year’s Innovation Contest at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/
Boca Bearings presents the June 2012 Innovation Contest winner!
The Walking Quadrotor is a hybrid robot capable of both aerial and terrestrial locomotion. An unique compliant mechanism design makes it possible to use a single actuator set for both walking and flying.
The creator’s objective is to increase the functionality of a well known flying mechanism (quadrotor) without adding any primary actuator to the system and by just using the same system actuators. All made possible by the use of (4) linear bearing sets in the leg mechanism. The actuators also contain ball bearings.
Though ingenious, the Walking Quadrotor is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Walking Quadrotor and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=45