Thane Heins is careful never not to claim that his Perepiteia is a perpetual motion machine, yet it accelerates from exposure to a permanent magnet, and that's not supposed to happen.
Scientists from top universities (University of Virginia, Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Queens University and MIT) are at a loss to explain it.
This humble Canadian man's academic background does little to impress scientists as he dropped out of his college electronics program and has a chef's diploma. His wife left him, took their daughters with her, he has no real job or money and has spent the last 20 years building the Perepiteia.
Now he is fighting the uphill battle to prove that he is not loony, his machine is not a hoax and that it can drastically improve electrical motors the world over.