Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!
The Animatronic Owl is a result of 3d printing, taxidermy and a lot of creativity, resulting in a life-like animatronic bird armature. It can be programmed to be run by hand held radio controlled units or to be set up to run a pre programmed routine, which along with an in-house “naturalization code”, performs randomly ‘to give that unpredictable gesture that nature has’.
Its inventor specializes in animatronic bird armatures for taxidermists, tv and film, theatre, attractions, and exhibitions ‘including conservation decoys for law enforcement agencies, hunting decoys, retail stores, and speciality market displays. The armature uses two types of bearings; three 8mm flanged bearings are in the wing joins as well as a larger 24mm ball bearing on the back of the wings to allow for additional movements.
Though lifelike, the Animatronic Owl is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Animatronic Owl and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=101
Axis360 is a motion control system that rotates and slides a camera. Axis360 is compact and lightweight, sets up easily, and is extremely versatile. It moves at a wide range of speeds, fluidly or incrementally, and works with most DSLR, mirrorless, and cinema cameras.
Its creator intended to build a kit that a single filmmaker could carry easily, seeing as the equipment used to obtain the same shot, tends to be significantly heavier. Axis360 can be used a small motorized pan head, a three axis pan, tilt and slide rig, and everything in between. Urethane coated bearings rolls the cart down the rails. Ball bearings hold the belt pulley, and bearings enable smooth motor rotations.
Though amazing, Axis360 is only of many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this entry and many others at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=94
Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: July 2012.
The Avery Dicycle is both a work of mechanical art and a human powered transportation device. Beyond that, according to its inventor, the interactive nature of the Dicycle requires ‘thinking beyond self’ to operate.
The creator’s objective is to build a unique human powered machine requiring teamwork and communication which will inspire other artists to bring their dreams into the physical realm. All made possible by the use of (2) 3/16” flange bearings without the flange for the suspension of the seat and pedal crank frame. Additionally, the Avery dicycle contains a 3/16” main axle utilizing ER style bearings into the hubs.
Though unique, the Avery Dicycle is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Avery Dicycle and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=65
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
Its inventor classifies it as functional art, since it is designed to be a human powered transportation device and is sculpturally pleasing to the eye. An original take on bicycle-like vehicles.
The maker’s goal was simply to build another bicycle type device that has never been seen or constructed before, as well as to keep his mind occupied. Each planet gear has 2 sealed ball bearings for a total of 12, the guide rollers have 2 sealed roller bearings for a total of 48. The crank pedal cartridges have sealed bearings, and the front steering head has a set of caged ball bearings.
Though innovative, ABC2 is only one of the many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out ABC2 and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=128