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I will go so far to say that I believe gyroscopic principals are indeed our ticket to the cosmos.
There's a gyroscope and an accelerometer that talk to your tablet (or phone or what have you) and two little rubber wheels. The sensors give yaw, pitch and roll information to whatever app you're playing with so that the computer knows what Sphero is up to -- that little sneak. A counterweight (you can think of it as a tiny Kevin James, if it helps) gets the mechanism moving when you tell it to.
Laithwaite began working on the motor about six months ago after Edwin Rickman, who works with an electrical engineering firm, came to him with the idea. Rickman had patented it after he said it came to him in recurring dreams. Laithwaite incorporated in the device ideas of another amateur inventor, Alex Jones.
There's no controversy anymore that I'm aware of. Everyone, including Professor Eric Laithwaite said this is wrong.
originally posted by: HiMyNameIsCal
The lecture is presented by Professor Eric Laithwaite in 1974 at the Royal institute of London, UK. It covers a controversial look at the behaviour of gyroscopes in an attempt to challenge Newton's laws.
(This was the first and only time an invited lecture to the Royal Institution has not been published.) They were subsequently published independently as 'Engineer Through The Looking-Glass'
Despite this rejection and despite the fact that Laithwaite later acknowledged that gyroscopes behave fully in accord with Newtonian mechanics, he continued to explore gyroscopic behaviour, maintaining the belief that some form of reactionless propulsion could be derived from them.
originally posted by: NoRulesAllowed
I would appreciate a summary of what the theory is about since not anyone has the time/nerves to watch several youtube videos.
In that regards, I just learned recently that science does not actually accurately understand how and why a bike is actually standing upright and not tipping over. This is probably noteworthy to mention.
There was one theory that the wheel rotation would help hold a bike up-right, but then they built a bike that was countering those forces and the bike STILL doesn't just tip over. Maybe related.
originally posted by: Qumulys
a reply to: NickK3
Never heard of that steering into the fall theory. Sounds like a best fit scenario.
So how about a unicycle? What happens? Steering is technically just from pivoting of the body twisting I guess? So hmmm. *head hurts*