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This thread was made in mid 2013 and most of the posts were made soon after. But there was a development on October 3, 2013 after the majority of the posts here...a patent application was published giving details of the device.
originally posted by: Pilgrum
Fairly sure they've had time to sort out the bugs by now (5+ years)
Anyone aware of what the state of this thing is now?
The present disclosure relates to continuous and perpetual mechanical motion for energy production exclusively powered by the force or energy of gravity.
FIELD OF INVENTION
The present invention is in the area of energy production but focused on and with the objective of obtaining this generation by only using the energy of gravity. When we think of exclusively using force of gravity to power the system, and when this force is present at any place and at any time and is constant, we are not referring to perpetual motion that will work forever while the mechanical equipment that makes up the system lasts. This would be the greatest innovation of recent times. It would promote a huge change in the world that will be referred to before and after this invention.
Perpetual motion machine inventors do have principles. Unfortunately the physical principles they assume are often ones not obeyed by nature. Let's examine just a few.
-The principle of unlimited possibility. Anything is possible in nature.
-The "heavier on one side" seduction.
-The "more weight on one side" distraction.
-The "unbalanced torque" deception.
-The cyclic disappointment. ...
Anything is possible
Inventors assume that since we haven't looked at every part of the universe nor have we looked at all possible mechanisms or phenomena, we can't rule out anything. If one has faith in oneself, perseverance, and tinkers long enough with new and untested ideas, one may discover ways to thwart "known" laws of physics.
Those who think this way are much like the child who puts two blocks in a box, closes the box, shakes it, then opens it, hoping to find three blocks inside. The child hasn't yet had sufficient experience with how nature works to realize that nature doesn't work that way. Perpetual motion machine seekers hope that by using some new combination of well-known materials and well-known mechanisms, they just might make a machine that outputs more work than is required to run it.
The interesting thing is, I never found evidence of investors being scammed in this case, though that certainly does happen with other hoaxes. My guess would be that the inventor filing the patent application, Renato Ribeiro, and possibly some Ribeiro family members, may have financed the construction, thinking the device would actually work, though I'm not sure about that, but I didn't see any way to invest even if you wanted to. So unless someone shows otherwise, I'm thinking this was not so much a scam as a case of hoping to "find three blocks inside the box" through a failure to understand the operation of nature.
originally posted by: Pilgrum
a reply to: mikell
Strange there's nothing new like even angry investors and the Brazilian web page is defunct now so at least 2 machines were said to be under construction (US and Brazil) - what's happened to them?
People do keep falling for scams like this.
The most naive level of perpetual motion seduction is the notion that if a system has more mass on one side of the axle, then that side must swing downward. That notion is quickly dispelled by consideration of this symmetric arrangement of three equal mass balls on equal length arms. Clearly there's more mass on the left side of the axle. But just as clearly, the device will not turn of its own accord. Even worse, if given a push, it will not turn continually. It will come to a stop from dissipative forces just as any wheel would. This wheel is as likely to come to rest in one position as in any other, for it is perfectly balanced in any position. Persons who have little experience with mechanisms may think it would prefer to come to rest with one ball directly above the axle, and the other two below. That is not true. Our naive expectations are not the way nature works.