Tour the Steorn offices

Sean posted this video today. It’s “Hats by Hobbit” day at Steorn – Hobbit being the pseudonym of one of their employees, apparently a prolific knitter. (Update: according to Sean the video was made as a thank-you to “Hobbit’s” wife, who knitted all the hats.) Of course this could be just part of an elaborate […]

Good fortune on Friday the 13th?

Sean made a rare (these days) appearance on the Steorn forum to announce that their upcoming release of information, including the status of the jury and some of Orbo’s technical specs, is now set for Friday, April 13th. Though 2007 was one-quarter behind us by the end of March, Sean’s post indicates that he considers […]

Countdown to March 31st

The end of the first quarter is fast approaching, when Steorn has stated they will release an update on the progress of the “jury” of scientists evaluating their technology, as well as some basic specs (unfortunately, no blueprints yet – not until the jury validation process is complete, says Sean). Just a few developments this […]

Looking ahead

Here’s what’s coming up in Steorn’s future, from what they’re telling us: Yesterday, Steorn opened up their “developer’s club” (called the SPDC) to an initial group of a couple hundred people, selected mostly from the membership of Steorn’s online forum. The SPDC will eventually be where any engineer who wants to develop a product using […]

The story so far…

Here’s how it all unfolded. According to CEO Sean McCarthy, in 2003 Steorn’s engineers were hard at work developing a security camera system to keep watch over ATM machines. They were playing with the idea of using a small wind generator to power the camera system so it wouldn’t need to be hooked up to […]

Who’s Steorn? What’s an Orbo?

Steorn is a small company based in a two level office hidden in a nondescript corporate park in Dublin, Ireland. They’re inventors of things useful if somewhat dreary, like security devices to prevent ATM fraud. But one way or another, that’s about to change. Their latest product is either a brash scam, an onerous mistake, […]