Bose Ride System Smooths Your Ride

The Bose Ride System is a highly advanced technological replacement for those pathetic old-style truck seats that just bounce around.

Even with the best conventional air-ride seats, over-the-road drivers experience constant road-induced, whole-body vibration. Research studies confirm that whole-body vibration reduces comfort, increases fatigue and causes stress to the body and spine. These factors can impact profits, increasing fleet operating costs and decreasing service levels.


(Bose Ride System)

The Bose Ride system improves ride quality by intelligently responding to changing conditions. It continuously senses, analyzes and counteracts forces from the road instead of just damping them...

A high-powered linear electromagnetic actuator in a package small enough to fit under a truck seat.
A regenerative amplifier powerful enough to support a 350 lb driver, yet so efficient it typically draws less energy than a 50-watt light bulb.
Sensors and control algorithms working together to counteract road disturbances before they reach the driver.

This Bose chair is pretty cool, but what they're really shooting for is the badass gyroscopic seats in John W. Campbell's 1930 classic The Black Star Passes:

The machine is very nearly complete now. All we need are the seats - they are to be air-inflated gyroscopically controlled seats, to make it impossible for a sudden twist of the ship to put the strain in the wrong direction...

"Captain Mason," Arcot explained to the Air Inspector, "these seats may be a bit more active than one generally expects a seat to be..."

"You'll notice that my controls and the instruments are mounted on the arm of the chair really; that permits me to maintain complete control of the ship at all times, and still permits my chair to remain perpendicular to the forces. The gyroscopes in the base here cause the entire chair to remain stable if the ship rolls, but the chair can continue to revolve around this bearing here so that we will not be forced out of our seats."

From Bose via Dvice.

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