author=PhysicsProf link=topic=2809.msg47121#msg47121 date=1426215957]
I was thinking today about small motors, how the run times are getting longer and longer -- and smaller test devices in general.
Very true as a matter of fact I have some tiny motors that have been running for years on a tiny hearing aid battery. Would anyone like to see them?
There was a comment against continuing to study such small devices, but I would disagree - if this is a path that a researcher is pursuing and enjoying and learning as he/she goes, I would encourage continued effort. My reasoning is that it might be possible to achieve a widely-replicated self-runner with a small device sooner than with larger devices.
It was I that made a comment, but I never said anyone should not study such devices, it was just not on my list of things that I think are worthy of pursuit and, I also added that it is only my opinion, and not meant to discourage anyone from research in that direction. So, considering context, is your disagreement because you think I should be doing this type of research?
What I said was: At the bottom of my
list or don't want to waste any more of my
This is what I wrote in post 19 at the bottom of my
list:"Disclaimer: This is just a crude list and is only my opinion, Not meant to discourage others from working in these areas if they see a benefit".
A small self-runner is worthy then of efforts to understand the energy source and might well be capable of scaling up to higher power regimes. Further, a small "toy-like" device might be well suited for widespread replication and testing.
If it existed, this would be true, but who has one of these? Cart before the horse here, you can't understand or scale up what you don't have.
I also have many times in the past also stated that small models can be very effective at lowering the cost of a "proof of concept"
I understand your interest, and by all means carry on if it interests you, just not my cup of tea.
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Just because it has a patent application or is patented does not always mean it really works.