Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
The Exoskeleton creator’s goal is to augment his strength by a factor of at least 2-3 times, which he has already successfully proved in his recent prototype test where he curl 170lbs effortlessly — and that’s only at half system pressure. The end goal for that motion is to be able to curl more than the world record, which is believed to be around 300lbs. Down the road, he hopes to make the exoskeleton very flexible, modular. This project is loosely based off of the exoskeleton shown in the movie Elysium, starring Matt Damon.
There are a lot of functional reasons why exoskeletons could be useful — disaster relief, restoring ability to people with disabilities, being able to do manual work with ease — the list goes on. Its maker has always been fascinated by the idea of them in movies, now he has the chance to make his own! The project uses spherical rod ends for the shoulder joints which allow much greater flexibility than just a regular bearing.
Though amazing, the Elysium Exoskeleton is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Elysium Exoskeleton and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=140
An RC racer wrote us:
I’ve raced in 4 different states with close to 1,500 miles separating them.
My Ceramic Orange Seal Boca Bearings are hands down the BEST bearings I’ve used. Smooth, low drag, little maintenance. I’ve yet to have to replace a bearing in ANY of my cars and they’ve definitely taken some abuse, but my bearings still spin fast!
June 2014 – 2014 Best of the Midwest, Summit RC Raceway, IN – 2nd Place – 1/10th 2wd Modified SCT
June 2014 – 2014 Proline King of Kings, Stateline Raceway, IN – 3rd Place – 1/10th 2wd Modified SCT
May 2014 – 2014 Southwest Showdown, ARCOR, NM – TQ and 1st Place – 1/10th 2wd Stock SCT
May 2014 – 2014 Southwest Showdown, ARCOR, NM – 2nd Place – 1/10th 2wd Stock Buggy
May 2014 – 2014 ROAR Region 10 Championships, Rocky Mountain RC Raceway, CO – TQ and 1st Place – 1/10th 2wd Stock SCT
April 2014 – 1 Year Anniversary Trophy Race, FORRCA, NM, – TQ and First Place – 1/10th 2wd Modified SCT
So far this season has been pretty good and it looks like it’s going to get even better. The water has warmed up eight degrees this week. If it holds where it is everything is going to pop very soon.
Promoting the product
- I continue to bring demo rod and reel setups to all my trips. Still getting good feedback from friends and clients.
- Been making recommendations and answering questions on the fishing forums and social media including Bloodydecks, All Coast, Get Bent and Facebook.
- Wearing Boca at club functions and tourneys, as well as all sport fishing related other functions like trade shows.
- I did a Calico Bass seminar at the local fishing club and talked about the benefits of upgrading your bearings.
Improving the product and/or Boca Company
- Bearings have been performing very well. I have no improvement recommendations at this time.
Recommendations for promoting the product
- We need to target the San Diego long range tuna scene and the west coast saltwater bass scene. While sponsoring a charter on a long range trip is probably too expensive, sponsoring a SWBA or a SBS saltwater bass tourney may be very profitable in the long run. More saltwater guys on the west coast do not even know a bearing upgrade is a option. Fishing Calico Bass in the boiler rocks is a prime example of when you need a bearing upgrade. You are making 200-300 long casts per day and trying to get within one foot of the rocks. Distance and accuracy are very important. It’s an easy sell and that makes it a great place to enter the west coast saltwater market.
Simon Wood finishes 3rd in the European ‘B’ Championships held in Madrid, Spain.
The 1/10 200mm EFRA European B Championship was held in the last week from May 05-09 at the Club ARCA RC Track in Alcobendas near Madrid the capital city of Spain.
The race showed some strong competition with practice starting on Monday running on controlled tires. Everyone had a good time with beautiful Spanish spring weather all the week and constant temperatures of about 27 degrees.
Qualifying started on the Friday with Finals on the Saturday.
Prior to the meeting I replaced the bearings in my motors to Boca Bearing Ceramic; I also replaced all bearings in the car to orange ceramic.
After 4 days of practice, the cars bearings were all cleaned with Lightning Lube Clean Touch and Oiled with Lightning Lube High Speed Oil and put back in the car, ready for qualifying and finals.
The feel of the car was good all week and the bearings did make the car feel very free, which helped keep the speed up through the corners.
I finished 3rd in the 1st Semi-Final, which meant I would start from 8th position in the 45 minute A final.
Having done tests on tyre wear during the week, I decided to run without a tyre change.
This paid off as I finished in 3rd place with the tyres still in good condition.
It was a good week of racing, and I am now looking forward to competing in the European ‘A’ Championships in Valencia in Spain during August.
Over the winter I attended a winter series at Washtenaw RC Raceway. I set up a track side hobby store since this is a seasonal built track in a barn. there is no Hobby shop near this track so I provide support to all the great people that race at this track and of course I have a Boca Bearing support kit on hand with plenty of bearings for all the popular models.
I ran 3 classes there this season 13.5 SC Oval, I ran a SUV wheelie pulling truck and finished 2nd over all in points. Masters 13.5 stadium truck. TQed a couple of times during the season and finished the season 3rd. Open SC and pulled out 5th. All running Boca Green Seal Bearings.
I also ran 1 race so far of “The Series” this is the oldest points series in Michigan and one of the longest running Series in the US. this race was on a rubberized cork race surface. I ran Stock 17.5 blinky 2wd Mid Motor Buggy. Allot different from any race surface I am use to. I Qed 10th in the B-main, told my team mates to watch out, i’m going to drive the tires off of it in the main. I pulled out 1st place in the B main.
I also want to take the time to thank Tommy of Boca Bearings for all the support he gives our Hobby shops I work for here in Michigan. He makes sure we stay well stocked so we can sell a quality product to our customers.
Summer time is here and can’t wait to race on some out door tracks.