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Page first posted October 19, 2009

"LEGO Perpetual Motion" Hoax


In February of 2009, Tom Altman(?) posted a video on YouTube showing magnets around a wheel with an inductive coil supposedly firing from the incoming magnetic flux to kick the magnet along in a perpetual motion. He then posted a 20-minute time-lapse video showing it running. Finally, he showed a video in which he revealed a capacitor under the aparatus that was being charged by the computer fan motor, and the capacitor was giving the inpulse to the coil -- which would have also been a free energy paradigm. He referred to a circuit at http://home.earthlink.net/~lenyr/magkick.htm as describing his mechanism.

It turns out, though, that the capacitor had been pre-charged, and was serving as the energy storage mechanism, and that the device ultimately ran down. It was not harvesting free energy from the environment.

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LEGO perpetual motion

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LEGO Perpetual Motion Long Run

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LEGO perpetual motion: The Reveal

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    LEGO electromagnetic motor hoax by Tom A - In February of 2009, Tom Altman(?) posted a video on YouTube showing magnets around a wheel with an inductive coil supposedly firing from the incoming magnetic flux to kick the magnet along. It turns out, though, that a hidden capacitor, pre-charged-was assisting the kick. (PESWiki; Sept. 19, 2009)

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Not a Waste of Time

On Oct. 21, 2009, Kabuto wrote:

"I wouldn't refer to it as "wasting time". His device works, just it's not perpetual motion. Some of the concepts from it seem like they could be used in a real magnet motor."

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