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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

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

ABC2

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

Boca Bearings presents one this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Mini Injection Molder

The Mini Injection Molder is a tabletop injection molding machine. It can produces small, hollow plastic parts at a rate of about 55 seconds per part. Containing heating, cooling, pneumatic, and electrical systems, the only inputs required are electricity and plastic pellets.

The creator’s goal is to make a tabletop version of the classic 1960’s souvenir making machine, the Mold-a-Rama, in a much smaller and economical format. The Mini Injection Molder contains needle bearings in the cylinder pivots, ball bearings in all the electric motors, linear bushings in the pneumatic cylinders.


Though innovative, the Mini Injection Molder is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Mini Injection Molder and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=122

Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: January 2012.

Charon

Charon is a 32’ tall vertical life sized 3d stroboscopic zoetrope. This is a truly unique project that that blends technology with art.

The artist’s objective was to make a highly interactive piece that encouraged cooperation and reflection. In this project, cooperation was vital; it took 12 people to get the 3000 pound wheel to spin at 18 rpms. All made possible by the use of 4- 2” tapered roller bearings on the 8’ hub shaft 16- 1” pillow blocks on the 4-1”x6’ drive shafts 24- 1” piloted flange bearings and 12- custom one way roller bearings on the 12- custom 6”drum drives for a total of 56 bearings.


Though impressive, Charon is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Charon and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=10

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Bussola

Bussola’ is a work of art. Its purpose is to have a certain effect on the viewer. The machine consists of forty identical elements that all move -each with a small phase shift- in the same way, creating a repetitive yet organic motion. The assembled parts come across as one single moving form that behaves like a natural organism, a skeleton-like creature that seems to be traveling through space.

Its creator wanted to create a sculpture that appears as a complex moving unity when in fact it’s a collection of identical and simple components. All made possible by making use of 46 radial bearings, 6 of which are used in the driving mechanism, the other 40 are situated on the axle holding the white moving elements.


Though mesmerizing, Bussola is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Bussola and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=120

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

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

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Emergency Antenna Platform System (EAPS)

The Emergency Antenna Platform System was designed by Amateur Radio operators (Hams) to assist in providing emergency communications during times of need, specifically natural disasters that disrupt normal communications. During an emergency Hams can be called upon to setup an ad hoc communications post for a shelter or medical station, EAPS can be used to raise radio antennas to an optimal height using an available lamp post, flagpole, or most any vertical structure.

In an emergency, a station can be setup and multiple antennas raised in a matter of minutes. A ham or first responder could have this device stowed in the trunk of their car and create an ad hoc antenna tower in a matter of minutes. Most of the apparatus is self contained and requires no tools to deploy, it can be clamped to and powered from a car battery. Wheel bearings are used on the “idler” or non-powered wheels. Gear bearings and block bearings are also used in the gear drive train.

Though ingenious, the EAPS is only one of many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the EAPS and many other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=131

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

SkatE-pods

SkatE-Pods are hands-free electric-skateboards with true freewheel mechanism/coasting capability and mechanical brakes. Aside from the bearing in the wheels, SkatE-Pods also uses one-way bearings positioned between the motor pulleys and the motor shafts.

Its inventor has three distinct goals: 1. To invent an electric-skateboard with true freewheel mechanism and unrestricted coasting capability. 2. To allow an electric-skateboard to be used just like a normal, unpowered skateboard when the battery runs out. 3. To produce an electric-skateboard that rides and feels like you’re surfing or snowboarding on the street.

Though exciting, SkatE-pods is only one of many entries in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out SkatE-pods and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=96

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Forced Induction Dreams

Get a 1988 Honda CBR250R road bike engine then add a Aisin AMR300 supercharger to force feed a mixture of Methanol and air into the engine via a highly modified TM32 Mikuni carb, a custom made plenum, with built in blow-off valve to save engine /supercharger from damage in the event of a backfire. And what do you get? A monster of an engine.

The creator’s goal is to successfully make it a minimum of 3 miles at full throttle. Hopefully, setting a land speed class record in the process.

Though powerful, Forced Induction Dreams is only one of the many entrants in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check Forced Induction Dreams and other entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=103

Past Innovation Contest winner Highlight: February 2012.

Serpent Twins

The Serpent Twins are a work of art and mythology. The Jormungand (Midgard) and Julunggul (Rainbow) serpents sit between 2 worlds; the old world that needed and revered them and the present which has shunned such monsters as fears metamorphosed into mythical form. The artist’s hope is to show how new technology can shed light on our past invoking our curiosity and fears of the unknown.

The artist’s goal is to make kinetic mobile art pieces that could be driven by a puppeteers to perform and interact with one another and the audience using the latest in sound, light, and sensors. Every one of the segments of the Serpent Twins runs on well-greased ball bearings inside the tires; creating a train of barrel segments. In addition; the motors, steering head, and drive all use ball bearings.

Though mesmerizing, Serpent Twins is only one of many exciting entrants in the Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Serpent Twins and other entries at:

http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=22