A Phone That Never Needs Recharging? Maybe. Maybe Not.

December 2, 2015

6:00 pm

Steorn is a private technology company located in Dublin, Ireland, that has been making some pretty bold claims since 2006. The company has made the claim that it has discovered a new technology that creates unlimited free energy.

As I’m sure you can imagine, the company has been on the receiving end of much skepticism and mockery since making the claim. After all, everyone knows there is no such thing as free energy, right?

Shortly after announcing the new technology, Steorn put out an advertisement in The Economist to find a group of scientists willing to examine the technology to prove that it does, in fact, produce free energy. A group of scientists was then selected and the new group studied the technology to see if the company had actually stumbled onto something, as they claimed. After an extensive study that lasted for more than two years, the group of scientists concluded unanimously that the technology did not work. Steorn did not agree with their findings.

The company continued developing the technology and held occasional live demonstrations over the years. In recent months, however, the company has taken a major step towards developing products using the technology (which it calls Orbo). A cell phone charging station was the company’s first product (called the oCube).

In early December of this year the company introduced a new product it calls the oPhone. As you probably already suspect, Steorn is marketing the product as a portable phone that never needs to be charged.

Do these products actually work as claimed? Do they really produce their own unlimited power? At this point it’s hard to say, but we won’t have to wait long to find out. Whether the technology actually works as claimed or is a lot of hot air will be quickly determined now that Steorn has put out actual products. Once consumers get their hands on these products they will be able to put them to the test. And it’s also a foregone conclusion that quite a number of curious people will be dismantling their oCubes and oPhones to see what makes them tick.

Will these products contain hidden batteries? Will the products stop working after a few weeks or a few months? We will know soon enough. The Orbo “technology” could be one of the most elaborate hoaxes ever played. But what if it’s not and there actually is something to the technology? It would change the world as we know it.

Soon we will know.

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Alex Vanover is a life-long motorcycle enthusiast who enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson as often as the weather, his job, and his family will allow. His writing focuses on the automotive industry, renewable energy, and matters of sustainability in business. He is also the purveyor of the popular bike trading site: Motorcycle Trading Post.

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