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MIT Physics Demo -- Bicycle Wheel Gyroscope

A bicycle wheel is suspended from one of end of its axie by a rope, and spun up by hand. The wheel's axle is then placed horizontally and the free end of the axle processes about the supported end.

The gyroscope seems to defy gravity because the torque created by the spinning wheel counteracts the torque due to gravity. Read more about gyroscopes here. Gyroscopes have been used through history for varied uses such as stabilizing spacecraft or for guidance systems on ships and missiles.

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Have they started to use gyroscopes in video game controllers to control position of movement (controller) versus position of movement (on screen display)? Kind of like a guidance system for more realistic game play.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous

Alucinante

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous

That is really cool!!!

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous

cool

Posted 3 years by Anonymous 00:00:55

wow!

Posted 2 years by Anonymous 00:01:05

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