Self-balancing, gravity-defying Gyroscope: An educational toy



Educational toys are a great way to learn something new while having fun. It’s even better when those toys use science to make cool things happen. The self-balancing, anti-gravity gyroscope listed here is one such fascinating educational toy that will appeal to both adults and kids alike. It’s a simple toy that feels like magic due to the complex science behind it. This is a great purchase whether you want to gift it to a kid or use it as a stress reliever, a conversation starter at parties, as a captivating teaching aid, etc.

A gyroscope is a device used to detect or maintain an object’s orientation. They come in many forms with various operating principles. Mechanical gyroscopes like the one we have here use rapidly spinning wheels in a frame with a rotor and an axle to achieve the desired effect of maintaining an orientation. The result is a spinning device that appears to defy gravity and maintain a seemingly impossible balance. However, it’s not really defying gravity but appears so due to the conservation of angular momentum that produces a gyroscopic precession in the spinning wheel. This is known as gyroscopic motion - the tendency of a rotating object to maintain the axis of its rotation.

There are various kinds of gyroscopes - Ring Laser Gyroscopes (RLG), Fibre Optic Gyroscopes (FOG), Micro-electromechanical Systems Gyroscopes (MEMS), Mechanical Gyroscopes, Quantum Gyroscopes, Gas-Bearing Gyroscopes, etc. They have a wide range of applications and are mainly used in:

  • Inertial navigation systems in aircraft, spacecraft, ships, submarines, guided missiles, etc.
  • Smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, and other handheld consumer electronics
  • AR/VR headsets and gaming systems
  • Optical image stabilisation in cameras
  • Surveying equipment such as gyrotheodolites in tunnel mining
  • Compasses and GPS navigation systems
  • Gun stabilisers and other weaponry

The gyroscope we have here is a simple educational toy that allows you to enjoy seemingly gravity-defying movements. Just use the provided drawstring to spin the rotor and see the magic happen. Once the gyroscope starts spinning, you can place it on the provided base, your finger, a string, or anywhere else and see the device balance itself until the spinning stops. Thanks to its precise craftsmanship, this high-quality toy offers shake-free stable rotation for a long duration. Have a look at the images and video below to get an idea about the endless fun you can have with this toy.

Not just fun, this little pocketable toy can also serve as a positive distraction when you are feeling anxious or stressed. Furthermore, its silent operation makes it suitable for use in any setting without disturbing others. Minimal space and time requirements make it a quick and versatile stress reliever that can help you focus better and be more productive.

Reasons to buy this educational toy:

  • Suitable for all ages with simple operation
  • Makes for a great gift to kids to ignite interest in science
  • Works as a stress reliever and a conversation starter
  • Helps to spend time away from screens
  • Quick play sessions make it ideal for small breaks
  • No batteries or chargers required
  • Pocketable, lightweight, and durable
  • Silent operation ensures no disturbance for others

Product specifications

  • Dimensions (Base): 31mm(L)*40mm(H)
  • Dimensions (Unit): 70mm(L)*92mm (H)
  • Colour Options: Available
  • Gross Weight: 120g
  • Material: Metal

Package Contents

  • 1 Gyroscope
  • 1 Base
  • 1 Drawstring
  • 1 Oil bottle

Frequently asked questions:

1. Why does the package include an oil bottle?

The provided oil bottle contains a lubricant for gyroscopes. Applying it at contact points reduces friction and ensures long and stable rotation. We recommend using it before you play with the device for the first time and when required from thereon. 

2. Why does the gyroscope behave like it defies gravity?

The main reason they seem to defy gravity is the effective torque applied to the spinning disc has on its angular momentum vector. The influence of gravity on the plane of the spinning disc causes the rotational axis to "deflect".



Price: $49.99
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