1997-2002MotionCast to Area 54
In 1997 I took an idea to a business associate I had known since University. He said if I could get a US Patent pending he would take the project public.
So began a 5 year process. I met with Dr. James McFarlane, designer of the Oberon Class submarine, Commander, Canadian Navy ret. and owner of International Submarine Engineering ISE. On hearing my concept, agreed to become manufacturer of record. In return, he would assign any one of his 100 engineers on staff to help if I ran into technical problems as overseen by my patent attorneys.
Finally, in May of 1999, after many hours of engineering lectures and time spent with lawyers, I received a US first of category patent pending on “A system and method to simulate the environment”.
Holding a private pilots license I often wondered if you could transmit live the feeling of motion and vibrations on the seat of your pants (as you bounce around the sky in a Cessna 150) back to a manned simulator on the ground.
The patent, in addition to transmitting sight and sound (from a live TV camera located above pilots helmet) could measure 6 axis of motion/ vibration and smell in a moving vehicle, aircraft, boat. The key was to write a program to transmit this information live on the vertical blanking interval of the streaming TV signal being sent back to the simulator. I named the product Motioncast TV.
When I informed my associate of receiving the patent documents, he instructed me to fly to his home in Phoenix the next day. We were to attend a Cardinals NFL game then board a late flight to London. I did my job, it was his turn. On our arrival we had several meetings lasting all day. The next day we took the Chunnel to Paris with two meetings at the station, reboard and off to Zurich. Opened a bank account with Credit Suisse and a flight to Marbella Spain. Day 3, taxi to Gibraltar, formed a management company, afternoon flight to Bermuda. Day 4 opened a personal banks account at Bank of Bermuda. I returned the following week and deposited 2,500,000 paper shares of Motioncast TV into the bank vault. It was trading at $2.75 per share.
Then things went sideways.
My partner, in cahoots with the transfer agent who sold us the NASDAQ shell company, sold his shares into the German market. Simultaneously the transfer agent rolled back the stock price 25 to 1 and sold the shell to others leaving me with 100,000 shares of a new company trading at $7.25. My lawyer contacted the Bank of Bermuda to have the paper certificate sent to the New York Exchange for electronic transfer. The bank could then sell the shares on my behalf. Ten days later the bank received notice that the shares had been confiscated by the transfer agent. The Bank manager stated we would have to sue him in the USA. The transfer agent was a wealthy Californian who owned the securities printing facility and raced polo ponies on the side. Fat chance but I kept the patent.
Ultimately, I was in contact with “Snowflake” head of training for the CIA. I sent her a package outlining Motioncast’s application with the military. Several generals expressed interest but I received an email saying they couldn’t get back to me as they were busy invading Iraq. I’ve heard rumors the system was tested at Area 54 but that’s another story.