Perpetual motion and the idea of ‘free energy’ devices have long been debated in the realm of pseudo-science. However, the concept of a device that can constantly repeat a motion without any apparent loss of energy has remained intriguing. In a recent video, [Steve Mould] showcased an interesting perpetual motion simulator created by [William Le], providing a transparent version that unveils the inner workings of the device.
This particular perpetual motion simulator consists of metal balls that travel down a set of metal rails, which then turn upwards to allow the balls to land back in the top bowl from where they started. While the basic principle may seem obvious, the details of the mechanism and its operation are less apparent.
A key element in the system is magnetism, which potentially adds extra velocity to the metal balls. However, the entire process involves more than just magnetism. It includes a detection circuit and parameters that determine when the device’s electromagnet should be activated or deactivated.
When [Steve] attempted to create a transparent version using the components from the original device, he discovered that it was not as simple as he had initially thought. With the assistance of [William], a custom transparent version was painstakingly crafted to reveal the full system in all its glory.
While the device may seem like magic, it demonstrates the clever engineering behind perpetual motion systems. Exploring such devices allows us to better understand the laws of physics and how they can be manipulated to create seemingly impossible outcomes.
– [Steve Mould’s video](source)
– [Original device created by William Le] (source)