I have seen a metal Powerball on a gadget website recently am i missing something here? Why haven't you put it on this site if it is available elsewhere
You are correct in that there are some metal gyros on the market at present, however, these are not genuine Powerball products regardless of what the web sites (that sell them) are referring to them as. These products have no counter and from our own tests, our 5 top 'Powerballers' have been unable to exceed what we have determined to be 11-12,000rpm, despite the claimed 18,000rpm top speed.
On the plus side however, they are well finished and come in a nice box if that's what you are looking for.
The real metal Powerball is due shortly and we'll be placing it on site as soon as stocks are available in decent quantities. As has already been said before, it will have a counter and will genuinely hit 18,000k as the mechanism has now been calibrated to 20,000rpm without vibration.
Hope this helps to clear up any confusion. Paul
It sure did Paul. I am just left out with one question which was asked in this thread too.
Is it easier to get the higher speeds with the metal powerball?
I want to know if the phantom have a digit counter ?
I think it's pretty safe to say that the metal powerball will be able to get to higher speeds faster. If it can do 20,000 rpms and he said it will genuinely do 18,000 rpms, that's like how the current powerball will do 15,000 rpms but really most people only get it to 13,000 rpms. I still can't get mine to 12,000 :P
i would like to know when the metal powerball is going to arive on this site because i am soon to buy a powerball for myself but im thinking i might wait if it isnt going to be to long for it to come back
Thanks Charlie - there is a copy product on the market at present which is not a Powerball despite being incorrectly termed one by some web sites.
The real Powerball metal should have made its debut in the last quarter of '04 but went back to the drawing board for further tweaks to allow it hit 20K in the right hands.
We have promised our man Akis (the current world record holder at over 15k on a 250Hz model) first crack on one when they finally arrive to us and expect to see him head north of 19k in the early stages.
I really do apologise to everyone who is presently awaiting the silver beauty - we want this to be the one of the most amazing products to ever hit the market (in any category) and can promise that when it arrives shortly, it will greatly exceed everyones expectations.
Thanking you for your patience and valued consideration therefore Charlie, sincerely Rory
I also want a Metal Powerball.. I have 5 regular ones.. one for each hand..one I keep that always has my top score (14009 atm)on it and 2 spare in case i break one and so I can lend to people.. heh
but.. although its true that I dont NEED.. a metal powerball and that the plastic one is STRONG.. this is really irellevant.. it has to do with COOLNESS FACTOR.. .. nobody NEEDS a Playstation Portable but they are selling like mad.. nobody NEEDS an iPod but.. guess what.. SELLING LIKE MAD.. also.. it both LOOKS and FEEL cooler in metal.. and if I'm willing to pay 100...200..300$ for it.. then dammit.. it should be available for me to do so with.. I also must say that I HOPE it comes with some sort of lid at the bottom.. perhaps a magnetic one or something cos really my fingers are long enough to go around the ball and into the hole and believe me.. it doesnt feel good.. ALSO.. I would like some form of wireless transmitter built into it cos its really HARD to see the numbers that are under my palm so perhaps a BLUETOOTH chip built into it that can transmit the RPM to a device on ur wrist.. like a watch or so so that you dont have to mess with the ball to keep track of the speed..
Some great suggestions there (the best one of course, being that everyone needs a min. of 5 Powerballs in their lives!)
Thanks for the feedback Oren - the metal one is so close that you'll be able to smell it shortly...the ball itself if ready to ship but the packaging has been holding it up. The price won't be anywhere near your aforementioned figures, (though if you do insist..:-)
There won't be a cover over it I'm afraid...
Bluetooth...yes, the ideal solution. The problem is in the power for such a device and where to locate the batteries...any suggestions anyone?
"Power for such a device" - Hmmm....a ball spinning at over 12000 rpm and you don't know where to get power from? Hello?!!! Mc Fly?? Magnet. Copper Wire. Passings through magnetic field???
The same process is used to generate power in the LED's on the Neon range, however, that 'dynamo' sits on the axle which also rotates with the rotor assembly. The counter will sit on top of the sphere and will take pulses (not constant) from the small magnets sitting in the rotor as it spins - these will not be sufficient to power a blue tooth assembly and if we do manage to incorporate an induction mechanism then how can we isolate it from the counter sensor to stop it affecting [that] aspect too?
It really isn't as simple as you might believe...what we require is a small (500mAh) rechargable battery I guess ...
Dynamo in the metal powerball is possible by making the inner spinning ball of magnets, and the outer casing of wires. The ugly wires would not be visible in a metal powerball. The resultant electricity generated can be fed to anything attached to the body of the powerball. With some electronics to control the current, this could even be used to power or charge devices like the cell phone or pda etc. Certainly, the rate of spin should be able to generate substantial electricity. It would certainly beat hand cranking chargers.
yey..well there are other technologies besides bluetooth.. various rfid techs and rf and such but .. I just dont know how much power such needs.. and really if they could add a block on the top like the counter for the plastic model but have a transmitter in there instead.. wouldnt it be possible?.. if its made in a smart way it should be able to fit a small rechargeable battery perhaps or regular ones.. I dont really know how much power such things uses, either that or a device on ur hand that uses a form of near-field detection to count the rotations inside the powerball without actually be in direct contact with the powerball itself?..
I dont know.. all i DO know is that this (and a lid at the bottom so I dont loose my fingerpint and identity) is at the very very very pinnacle of my wishes/wants/demands/desires for next.gen powerball, whenever that comes out (if ever).
I cant wait for the metallic monster.. it will be rad
I heard that metal ones can go alot faster.
Imagine if something came loose inside, the sparks would be amazing