Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
The Dream Machine is a functional work of art that helps reduce the frequency of nightmares, night terrors, and promotes positive, productive control of dreams in children. The idea of the Dream Machine started with its creator’s mother, when he was a child. He’d have bad dreams frequently at night and his mother had him do the physical motions of the Dream Machine on a wall.
The Dream Machine reduces the frequency of night terrors and bad dreams, promoting control (or at least stability) while sleeping, and a child’s belief in themselves that they will have good dreams about what they’ve put in the machine. A 5/8” inner diameter bearing case is installed as the guide for the hand crank in the top plate of the Dream Machine. An H58-4 (5/8” X 4) hitch pin is used in the bearing casing as the crank’s handle.
Though interesting, the Dream Machine is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Dream Machine and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=142
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.