Svend Heier took up on the challenge, and in the year 2000 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 the idea of a stabilized bed was born. And so was STABLE, the company.
Founder, Svend Heier
The company is based on Stabilized Platform technology, originally developed for use in active heave compensated cranes for the Offshore Industry. The STABLE platform reduces forces (movements and accelerations) – on processes or the human body due to roll and pitch movements of the ship or vehicles. These movements and accelerations are estimated based on various sensor signals and the platform is automatically adjusted by computer-controlled
STABLE has proven its value through one of the most demanding applications in terms of responsiveness and accuracy: the STABLE Billiard, which has been installed on a number of cruise ships and luxury yachts. Thousands of cruise passengers have had the pleasure to enjoy a steady game of pool, even in rough sea.
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.