~~Added March 24 2012~~
As you might deduce from this little venture, I like to come up with solutions to problems. This is one of them. It's a good excercise in creative thinking for sure. I really like the thought of an energy source that runs solely on naturally occuring, renewable sources. I like solar, but it's expensive. I like wind, but it's unpredicatble and inefficient. Then I thought,, gravity. What could I build that might leverage gravity to create energy?!? This is something I came up with. Turns out it probably won't work. In fact, I built a little one with pretty strong magnets. The pull from the magnets didn't allow it to move much at all. What I thought this thing would do is use magnetic forces to strategically move the weight of the magnets around in positions such that the pull of gravity would move the wheel around. As mentioned later in this article, I'm no physicist. It doesn't work. But, I like to invent. And, if nothing esle, this was a neat idea towards a meaningful invention. Back to the drawing board! Read on if you'd like to see my amazing revelation!
I think this animation is pretty self-explanatory. As the wheel rotates, the mass of the magnets get repulsed and attracted in such a way that they shift to a gravitationally-favorable position to keep the wheel rotating.
~~Added Sep 3 2010 ~~
After wasting a lot of time looking through PMM (Permanent Magnet Motors) and the like, I started to believe those who know better than I. So, I started wondering about the possibility of using magnets to position themselves in a way that will use gravity to keep, in this case, a wheel turning. Again, I am no physics student. So, wether this idea has any merit, I don't really know. I did try to make a crude model of this idea. And, I found that there was a lot of magnetic resistance (push/pull) that kept the thing from working the way that I had hoped for.
Hey, if you're going to fail, do it quickly. :-)
After pursuing all of this "free energy" thought, ideas, and threads, I settled on the concept that "alternative" energy is there for the taking. What we need to do is build and improve on those technologies! They are essentially FREE. Wind, tide, solar, even gravity can be harnessed, and is harnessed to do work, create energy. And best of all?!?! You're not trying to defy physics. Doesn't that make you feel a little more like you now have an attainable goal? Good. Now continue to create. But, create something that's going to work. Create something that is going to improve this world we live in. Create something that is going to improve and promote freedom, autonomy, and independence. Go on. Make us proud.
:: Sept 6 2008 ::
I can't believe it's been so long since I worked on this.. How time flies. At any rate, after chatting with Sterling Alan and Jim Dunn about this invention concept, I did a rendition of the original visualization to compensate for some potential magnetic forces that would hinder the intended mechanic of the device. Jim's statement on PESWiki "it will not work because magnetism requires short distances, and gravity requires larger distances." makes good sense, and it's probably not a good idea to second guess someone with Jim's creds. I think, though, if one were to cleverly place the magnets in a way that minimizes sticky spots, it might just work. Granted, it wouldn't have a lot of torque, but it might spin.
I marked proprietary and confidential on the animation per lawyer instructions, but I'd be impressed if someone got one working in the first place. Furthermore, by posting the concept online, I revoke my rights to patent the technology. So, if you're so inclined to try to make one, go for it! However, I would seriously think about making a tweakable computer model first off.
Shortly after the conversation, in true garage hacker form, I set out to build one. In all, it was not successful. I found there is a magnetic sticky spot in the slide transition. For the future, I'd first like to build out a physically accurate computer model before charging to the garage. So, If anyone can recommend a software package that might be capable of a simulation such as this.. I would like to wrap my brain around it.
THANKS!! And, happy hunting for that working solution.
:: Feb 18th 2007 ::
Last night, after my failed attempt at reproducing the screw magnet motor , I decided to proceed with my usual free engery net browsing routine, and stumbled on this thread.I took a quick look at the illustration on that page and decided thatit could use far more clarification in the form of a nice animation. Therefore, I created the animation that you see above in the hopes ofpromoting myself as a scientific concept animator.. While creating the animation, I maintained the general concept ofrepositioning the mass of magnets in a way that would cause the overallwheel to spin through gravitational leverage (if there is such athing). Through the creative process, a new design concept emerged. Adesign that I feel fully utilizes the repulsive and attractive forcesof the magnets to minimize friction and maximize the "gravitonleverage".
I already have a few design modifications to make in order to avoidmagnetic interaction between the sliding magnets. More animations are soon to come.
On a side note: If this is, in fact, a unique idea, I hope to retainthe rights to the device until I can properly release it under an opensource-like license. I want this to be freely available to the world. Let's face it, a free energy source is what the world needs right now. I just don't want "big energy" corporation-x to get their grubby mittson it and try to claim ownership,, etc etc.. I know I'm probablyjumping the gun on this. No prototype has been built yet. But, justso it is known, I'd like to protect this concept, if it does in factwork, only to give it away.