Thursday, July 5, 2007

Steorn's Screwup in the News

Here are some recent stories posted around the Internet:

SiliconRepublic - The heat is on Orbo

Steorn say that the intense heat should not affect future applications of the Orbo technology as this is just a prototype. The prototype was set up in the museum on Sunday and as of Tuesday night, McCarthy said it was functioning perfectly until yesterday when it froze suddenly.
“We did break the barings when we were installing it, but it looks to us almost certainly that it is probably the intense heat from spotlights that were only installed yesterday afternoon,” said McCarthy.

To remedy this, McCarthy said: “We could put fans all around but then we’re pushing air across the wheel,” which would attract the same amount of suspicion as hidden batteries.

ZDNet - Rupert Goodwins - Steorn demo fails to appear - update
Sean McCarthy: "We don't expect to convince anyone with the demo straight off, it's more a sort of cat and mouse game. We'll see how people react and change it accordingly"
Wired - The Perpetual Energy Machine: Art Project?
the live feed page on the Kinetica site makes us think this is all a big hoax in the name of art. The garbled visuals are accompanied by creepy new age music and some indistinguishable chatter
Brilliant reporting Wired, those are astream's test feeds.

Here are some other related stories:

PES Network - Orbo Free Energy Demo Has Botched Start
I4U News - Steorn Orbo free Energy Technology to be shown Today
Engadget - Update on Steorn's Orbo boondoggle - Irish breakthrough: free, constant energy supply?

Additional commentaries:
Machinist: Surprise: "Free energy" machine hits "technical difficulties"
Gizmodo: The Rise and Fall of the Steorn Orbo Free Energy Machine


Anonymous said...

"McCarthy , who is currently looking at the machine with his engineering team, trying to assess specifically what happened, and if it is permanently damaged."

Boom! that is their "out" so to speak. They will claim it is "permanently damaged" and the demo will be canceled until further notice. You heard it here first.

So sad.

Anonymous said...

Not a peep out of drmike.. He's likely escaped to the back alley hiding in the shadows to avoid total embarrassment.

P.S. this is a HOAX. I think you are safe to turn off comment approval now?

Anonymous said...

How long would it take for a courier service to fly a few orbos from steorn hq. to kinetica?

Anonymous said...

This has got to be the worst unveiling of anything in history. I hate to say it but this crap is going to be all over the talk shows as joke fodder. How could their possibly be any 'believers' left???

Anonymous said...

It's just a bump in the road. It will be all the sweeter when Orbo is spinning around in day or so.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit I am surprised today. I believed that I was 100% sure that Steorn did not have what they claimed. And yet....I am somewhat disappointed by this travesty.

Maybe a small bit of me was secretly hoping there was an insane chance that there was something...Maybe just because my fascination with the Steorn forum and this blog will now come to a close...I don't know.

To tell the truth, the more I think about it, the sadder I get. It appears that at some point (three years ago!) someone believed they had found something. I don't think it was by taking apart a generator and moving the magnets around. Maybe in some simulation software. At any rate, at some point they (maybe only two Steorn employees who really know the 'truth') either became so hypnotized by their fantasies and supposed results that they crossed into delusion, or they continued to string out their investors knowing the facts.

Both of these possibilities leave me a bit queasy.

And the comments on the Steorn Forum and in here defending them!! Murphy's law, etc. Good Lord, people!

It has been fun at times- Big Oil Rep's robots can go back into sleep mode waiting for the next Free Energy Invention to raise it's head into the crushable position....

Anonymous said...

What a letdown!

The only reason I gave this any interest was because I could not fathom why anyone would commit career suicide with this drawn out hoax. Who would have anything to do with anyone associated with this hoax?

The only thing that makes any sense whatsoever is that big energy funded this to create ridicule fodder for all other OU projects. In effect, was this was a disinformation campaign by Big Energy?