According to the company’s live streaming site, they are:
"…experiencing some technical difficulties with the demo unit in London. Our initial assessment indicates that this is probably due to the intense heat from the camera lighting."
The Laws of Thermodynamics state (among other things) that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Steorn indicates that this law is either inaccurate or perhaps, poorly understood, which has allowed them to create a spinning polycarbonate wheel that isn’t attached to any power source whatsoever. As of the time of this post, the video stream from the Kinecta Museum showed a rather unimpressive, and completely still, wheel.
Now I’m no expert on either the laws of thermodynamics or the magnetic priniciples that supposedly power the mysterious Orbo, but it doesn’t bode very well for Steorn if their world-transforming device can’t withstand a little heat. I do have some experience working with video lighting, and while these lights to give off a lot of heat, if an actor can stand (and perform) for hours under these conditions, is it unreasonable to expect a largely metal object to do the same? I think not.
On some blogs like Engadget, folks have been speculating that this whole announcement is nothing more than a media stunt by the Kinecta museum. If that’s the case, it deserves to be recognized as a brilliant stroke of marketing genius on the part of the museum.
What do you think? Are we on the verge of a new era of free, endless, non-polluting power that will forever change the way the world works, or is this just a bizarre semi-scientific boondoggle that will take its place in the history books along with claims of cold-fusion?