This happened ten years ago. His friends took up on the challenge. Six months later the very first stabilized billiard table was tested on the ferry between Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany.
One of the engineers working aboard was struck by seasickness during the test trip. A clever head suggested that he should have a rest on the stable billiard table. After a short while, the engineer was no longer sea sick. Thus was the idea of a stabilized bed born. And so was STABLE, the company.
To demonstrate the concept to our first customers, we used a goldfish bowl. A goldfish might not get seasick, but it is thought to be rather uncomfortable for a goldfish to end up on the floor in heavy waves. Today STABLE provides comfort, rest and recreation for numerous cruise passengers travelling in rough sea. Possibly goldfish, too.
The cranes are used for smooth landing of delicate equipment on the sea bed during rough weather conditions. This technology has been adapted and fine-tuned to provide a practically acceleration-free platform along its surface. The platform eliminates accelerations due to roll and pitch movements (and all other movements) of the ship. To achieve this, the movements of the ship are estimated based on sensor signals and the platform is automatically adjusted by computer controlled actuators.
The stabilized platforms remove the roll and pitch movements on a ship “dancing” in the waves (or a car making turns or retarding/accelerating) or in other words: stabilize humans and “things” onboard a ship moving in the waves.