Please give us a release date, I want one asap.
Interesting discussions/suggestions. But now I wonder...what will the first Powerball Metal look like? What options will be readily available?
Steven van Dijk
31 years, The Netherlands
If you crate some sort of wristband counter, I deffinatly think a simple USB thing would be nice, if possible. Even if it just simply submits the score to a program on the computer -- that would be really cool, as then those without video cameras, like myself, could submit a highscore (not that I'm there, just if I ever get there )
That way it reads the score just from the ball, and with proper encryption and such, it would be virtually impossible for an invalid score to be submitted.
well now..... if you want a counter on your wrist wouodnt it make more sence to have the counter on the hand that isnt holding the powerball!
even if you do have it on your wrist your arm will be shaking, especialy at the top speeds so you wouldnt quite be able to read what rpm you were at coz of the shaking.... plus when i get to a sertain speed i stretch my arm out to go even faster, its just how i do it, but i think most users do,do that so it wouldnt be much use shaking AND out of view!
so in order for that to work there would have to be no wires from ball to hand held counter, and also i do not want my speed to be sapt by electronics. so the best idea would be just to only have the record keeper on the clock, and maybe a timer to see how long you can go for, and if you want to spend more money then you could build in some sort of fat-o-meter to tell you how fat you are or something.
as for the cap over the bottom, how about you make 2 holes with slits(if you know what i mean) for a screw on lid(with air holes) that you can buy separate for the people that wish to use it. but....no pain, no gain, right?
yeah could you just say when it is goinbg to come out...
are we looking at weeks, months, OR YEARS! will it be out in this year?
also you said that akis gets first whack at it... could you possibly record it so we can have a taste of what speeds will be generated, the new record, and also what the ball looks like?
How has the top speed of 18K been calculated? I can understand from an engerneering perspective it is possible, but is it possible for a human? At the moment I'm just scraping below 13K, so my limiting factor is just strength. But if you watch the video of Akis, he is putting his WHOLE BODY into spasim just to get his arm to vibrate fast enough to keep in harmony with the powerball at that speed. Even without anything in his hand I doubt he could get his arm to shake any faster. So with a metal rotor, sure there will be more momentum giving off more torque, but if it is the same size as the plastic one, you are still going to need to shake your arm at the same speed. Has anyone worked out if it is possible to move your arm fast enough to reach 18K assuming you had unlimited strength?
That's an interesting point actually... Since you have to have your arm in harmony with the rotation of the rotor to keep it accelerating, there'd be a ceiling to it no matter how fast the rotor could spin in theory, surely.
Or does the metal one work in another way? =)
Put your mind to it and I am sure you could get your arm/wrist to move even faster probably to the point of serious damage. Being metal the ball must be heavier than the plastic ones we are all used to, so it stands to reason that it will spin faster, but it all comes down to how much pain can you handle? when do the vibrations hurt too much? how badly do you want the record????