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
Boca Bearings remembers one of 2012’s Innovation Contest entries!
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
Draka, the Dragon
Draka is a 112 foot long dragon built on a truck pulling three trailers. It is made of mostly recycled materials; 55-gallon steel drums make up its scales and old cedar shingles form the texture of its belly, while faux-fur seating and chandeliers adorn her interior.
Inspired by the dragon clock tower described in Gregory Maguire’s book (and now Broadway play) “Wicked ~ the life & times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” its creators wished to build a fire-breathing dragon car that could tote a lot of people around and also entertain the masses with live performances on board at the Burning Man Festival.
There’s a ball valve in Draka’s throat. It’s there where you’ll find a giant ball bearing that controls the flow of propane which creates her massive fire effects, those fifty-foot bursts of dragon flame!
Though awe-inspiring, Draka 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/
Army Power Wheels adult racer
This monster of a vehicle is custom built using only the Power Wheels jeep body. The frame is welded steel. The drivetrain consists of a large DC motor, 24 volt battery, 2-stage gear reduction, and disk brakes.
Its creator intends to have it as an entry to the upcoming Power Racing Series. His intent? To have quite a bit of fun! The little Jeep uses shielded flange bearings in its front wheels, thrust bearings in the steering section, shielded flange bearings to support the rear axle, and still more flanged bearings supporting the sprocket reduction shafts. The motor employs a couple of tiny bearings.
Though fun, the Army Power Wheels adult racer is only one of many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check this entry and many other at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=127