2012 NAIAS: Lincoln’s Hoberman Spheres

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Chuck Hoberman invented a geodesic dome-like sphere that can adjust in size yet always remain spherical. I know about them because my aunt married a man with that last name (no relation to Chuck H. though) and people are always giving her and my uncle Hoberman sphere novelties. Lincoln’s NAIAS display was on the elegant, understated side and I believe that to give the booth some kinetic and visual excitement and perhaps draw people to that end of the large convention hall, they suspended two large, mechanized Hoberman spheres from Cobo’s ceiling, that expanded and contracted in alternating fashion at each side of the display. Since there were also two upstairs lounges at each side, you could go up there (one lounge displayed Edsel Ford’s custom Speedster which will be the topic of a later post) and you could watch the Hoberman sphere expand and contract at eye level. This post isn’t really about cars, but Cars In Depth is a 3D-centric site, and the 3D video came out nicely.

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