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A mysterious object that appears to defy gravity, this precision gyroscope is beautiful to behold and will amaze you and your friends.

The gyroscope is a mysterious object. By just spinning a disk it can balance serenely on a pinhead defying our perception of gravity. I love the way it can surprise school kids and scientists alike and leave them wondering how it's possible.

It balances serenely on your fingertip...how is that even possible?
It balances serenely on your fingertip...how is that even possible?

Gyroscopes are used in all sorts of things from spacecraft navigation to mobile phones, but many people know them as a plastic toy for kids.

WOW!! It can balance on the nib of a pen.
WOW!! It can balance on the nib of a pen.

We believe they deserve better than that. After months of prototyping we have created the perfect gyroscope, a beautiful sculpture and built to last a lifetime. It's an object that now truly reflects the significance of the underlying science.

When balancing on a string it defies our perception of gravity.
When balancing on a string it defies our perception of gravity.

Machined from aircraft grade aluminum and solid brass, we have achieved an unmatched level of quality and surface finish.

Pictured here is the Kickstarter exclusive Green.
Pictured here is the Kickstarter exclusive Green.

Each gyroscope is finished by hand, leaving it with a brushed aluminium look that subtly varies from piece to piece. This finish is called Manuka Raw.

Each part is finished by hand. Pictured here is the Manuka Raw.
Each part is finished by hand. Pictured here is the Manuka Raw.

For those who prefer a more uniform look, the rest of the Manuka line will be anodized* giving them a consistent and beautiful finish.

This gyroscope is anodized. Pictured here is Manuka Blue.
This gyroscope is anodized. Pictured here is Manuka Blue.

We have six colours available including an exclusive Kickstarter Green that won't ever be available anywhere else.

Manuka Colour Options. Nb. Raw has no coating; all the others are anodized*
Manuka Colour Options. Nb. Raw has no coating; all the others are anodized*

Every gyroscope comes with a Kevlar (super strong) pull string and ergonomic machined aluminium pull handle. This allows you to spin the gyroscope up to a really high speed which is important for some tricks. The slot in the handle allows you to neatly wrap and stow the string.

Every gyroscopes comes with one aluminium pull handle and two Kevlar pull strings (one spare). The machined slot allows you to neatly wrap and stow the string.
Every gyroscopes comes with one aluminium pull handle and two Kevlar pull strings (one spare). The machined slot allows you to neatly wrap and stow the string.

We have also produced an aluminium display stand that reflects the beauty and precision of the gyroscope. The stand is an optional extra.

The optional stand is made from aluminium and reflects the precision and beauty of the gyroscope.
The optional stand is made from aluminium and reflects the precision and beauty of the gyroscope.

The display stand comes with a notch in the top that allows you to perform tricks with the gyroscope.

The stand allows you to perform some interesting balancing tricks
The stand allows you to perform some interesting balancing tricks

Introducing the new Super-Stand!

Thanks to backer feedback, we designed the Super-Stand. The new display stand has a precision machined slot to neatly stow the pull handle and "Made in London" laser engraved on the base. You can also customise the colour of the stand and pull handle. To get the Super-Stand just pledge for the Showcase-Plus reward or above.

The new Super-Stand!
The new Super-Stand!
The Super-Stand is precision laser engraved
The Super-Stand is precision laser engraved
You can customise your colour choice completely - For example, you can order a blue gyro, silver stand and green pull handle
You can customise your colour choice completely - For example, you can order a blue gyro, silver stand and green pull handle

Bespoke engraving is also available with the Manuka Engraved reward. The Manuka Collector reward (limited to 50 units) also includes a unique engraved serial number (eg. limited edition:15/50). 

You can choose to have your gyroscope laser engraved with a personal message
You can choose to have your gyroscope laser engraved with a personal message

We take huge pride in quality, and will not deliver anything but the best.

Quality and attention to detail is important to us. All parts are made by us in London, England
Quality and attention to detail is important to us. All parts are made by us in London, England

We have an excellent team ready to start work if the campaign is successful. You can expect regular and honest updates from us. If there's good news we'll tell you; if we are having tough times we'll also let you know.

From left to right: Mads (filmmaker), Jamie (editor), Adam (designer), Jim (machinist), Chris (quality expert), Glenn (factory owner)
From left to right: Mads (filmmaker), Jamie (editor), Adam (designer), Jim (machinist), Chris (quality expert), Glenn (factory owner)

We really hope you back us and look forward to sending you a beautiful hand crafted gyroscope that will last a lifetime.

For those that want to know a bit more about how our gyroscope works we have made this short video

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* Anodizing is the application of a coloured oxide film coating to aluminium. This allows us to add really vivid and striking colours to the gyroscope frame.

US, EU, EEA and CANADIAN SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN ALL OUR REWARDS. FOR ALL OTHER TERRITORIES ADD $15 TO YOUR PLEDGE. 

After the campaign ends you will receive a survey asking you for your colour and engraving choices. You don't need to specify these before then. 

Delivery timeframes: 

We are blown away with the popularity of our little project. It's fantastic! We are looking into adding a night shift to accommodate all these extra orders. Please read the FAQ for more info on batches.

PLEASE READ THE FAQ BEFORE SENDING US A MESSAGE. THANKS!

            

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have an excellent team assembled here but nevertheless problems do arise with order fulfilment. We are realistic and know that whatever you do, something unexpected is going to happen. We have allowed ourselves plenty of margin to deliver these orders and are confident we can deliver within the estimated delivery timeframe. Items that say "Guaranteed by Christmas" are guaranteed - ie if you don't receive them before that date we will give you all your money back.

We have already prototyped the design and it works, so that is a major obstacle overcome. We also have a very experienced team and Glenn and Chris between them have a huge amount of production experience.

The biggest challenge as we see it lies in scaling up production. In order to be able to offer these high precision items at a reasonable cost, we have to be running fairly large volumes with low wastage. So far we have only estimated how long it will take to produce each gyro when the line is running at full speed.

In terms of fulfilment and postage, Glenn runs an online retail company and so has all the experience and resources to ship internationally without a hitch.

FAQ

  • The gyroscopes will be dispatched in backer order - so, the earlier you ordered the gyroscope, the earlier you will receive it. Use this guide to figure our your ESTIMATED dispatch date. New backers should expect to receive the gyroscope by June 2014.

    Date Backed: Backer Number : Approximate dispatch date
    3rd Sept 0 to 355 Late February
    4th Sept 356 to 695 Late February
    5th Sept 696 to 1026 Late February
    6th Sept 1027 to 1268 Late April
    7th Sept 1269 to 1453 Late April
    8th Sept 1454 to 1616 Late April
    9th Sept 1617 to 1738 Late April
    10th Sept 1739 to 1900 Late April
    11th Sept 1901 to 2073 Late April
    12th Sept 2074 to 2296 Late April
    13th Sept 2297 to 2457 Late April
    14th Sept 2458 to 2620 Late June
    15th Sept 2621 to 2796 Late June
    16th Sept 2797 to 2943 Late June
    17th Sept 2944 to 3047 Late June
    18th Sept 3048 to 3120 Late June
    19th Sept 3121 to 3207 Late June
    20th Sept 3208 to 3277 Late June
    21st Sept 3278 to 3359 Late June
    22nd Sept 3360 to 3451 Late June
    23rd Sept 3452 to 3532 Late June
    24th Sept 3533 to 3593 Late June
    25th Sept 3594 to 3682 Late June
    26th Sept 3683 to 3759 Late June
    27th Sept 3760 to 3836 Late June
    28th Sept 3837 to 3944 Late June
    29th Sept 3945 to 4044 Late June
    30th Sept 4045 to 4162 Late June
    1st Oct 4163 to 4207 Late August
    2nd Oct 4208 to 4278 Late August
    3rd Oct 4279 to 4337 Late August
    4th Oct 4338 to 4383 Late August
    5th Oct 4384 to 4446 Late August
    6th Oct 4447 to 4507 Late August
    7th Oct 4508 to 4576 Late August

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  • No. If you change or upgrade rewards you won't loose your place in the queue. Your backer number remains the same as this number determines when you get the reward.

    You should ignore the estimated delivery date listed under each reward. We have tried to change this but it is locked by Kickstarter. Check out the "Estimated Dispatch Dates" FAQ for a better idea of your shipping date.

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  • After the campaign ends, we will send you a survey asking how you want your gyroscope personalised. Depending on your exact pledge, you'll have the option to choose from a selection of colours, engraving text and fonts. We will also ask for your delivery address.

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  • Yes. If you want (for example) two Manuka Colour rewards then you just need to increase your pledge* from $55 to $110. If you need to add international shipping you only need add it once per order. After the campaign ends we will send you a survey so you can specify exactly what you want on each gyroscope you order.

    * to increase your pledge, first select the pledge that most closely matches the reward you want and then on the next page you will have the option to adjust the pledge amount.

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  • We have checked and are able to offer free shipping to the EU, USA, EEA and Canada. We just can't guarantee that items sent outside of the EU and USA won't be subject to local taxes as this is sometimes subject to the vagaries of the particular customs official on duty!

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  • The Raw gyro is our most cut down, bare bones gyro. We wanted to get this amazing piece of engineering art to you at the lowest possible price so we worked super hard to take out all the frills.

    Making the stand is a lot of extra work so we regret that we can't include it in this reward option even if you pledge an extra $10. If you pledge for the reward with the stand you will still have the option of choosing the raw finish on the gyro when you fill in the survey after the campaign ends.

    This also applies to early-bird pledges. There was never an early bird pledge which included the stand and the only way to get a stand is to select a pledge level which includes it.

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  • When we started out, this gyroscope was a small project that we could neatly fit around other stuff in the factory. Now that we have smashed our target things have changed a little. Here's how: We normally manufacture very high value items for the aircraft industry and super high precision scientific market. These items are expensive and come with a correspondingly high margin. We wanted to get this gyroscope to you at a really great price, so we massively reduced our normal margin. Now that we are having to turn down high margin business to manufacture all these gyros, we need to make sure we still have enough cash to pay our skilled staff and all our bills. So, we are not making more money as a result of this, just making sure that we retain our current income. Hope that makes sense!

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  • Yes! But it will take us a bit longer. There are no shortcuts here!

    We are currently producing parts for about 20 gyroscopes per day. It's a slow process to get a really high quality product. If you do the math, 4000 gyroscopes takes us up up to August next year! However, we have now confirmed we are taking on an extra staff member - you have created an extra job! Well done! In addition we are also discussing night shifts with our team which would speed things up immensely. Below is our current "best-guess" for delivery timeframes without having a night shift - i.e. things should hopefully improve. What we do know is that we will be keeping you updated regularly!

    Batch#1: 500 units for Christmas delivery. We have already started slowly and carefully producing this batch and estimate they will be ready within 8 weeks ready for shipment in late November. The factory has other commitments to meet before Christmas so after this batch is complete, production will resume again in January. As soon as the first complete gyro comes off the line we will post a photo.

    Batch#2: 1000 units for dispatch in late February: This is when production ramps up. We will be using more staff and dedicating more machines to the job. Production on this batch will start as soon as the factory resumes work in the new year and should take 8-10 weeks of full time work. We estimate that the gyroscopes will dispatch in mid to late February.

    Batch #3: 1500 units for dispatch in late April: Backers who's backer number is less than 2500 should expect to have their gyro by late April.

    Batch #4: 1500 units for dispatch in late June: Backers who's backer number is less than 4000 should expect to have their gyro by late June.

    Remember...this might seem like a long time but there really are no shortcuts to getting a super high quality product to you. It takes time and a lot of love. We hope you can understand.

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  • Yes you can and you will still get your gift by Christmas. Click on the "Manage my pledge" button in the top right of this page. Add $10 to your current pledge but don't change rewards.

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  • Yes. We are including the Super-Stand for free for all collectors unless you tell us you want the regular stand. Now isn't that super!?

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    EARLY BIRD: As a gyroscope pioneer you get a MANUKA COLOUR reward for just $45 (~£28)! We only ask you spread the Kickstarter love and get word out to friends. Reward includes the coloured gyroscope, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA RAW: This is the raw machined aluminium look with no coating. Each surface finish is subtly different and unique. Reward includes the raw gyroscope, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA COLOUR: Choose from any of the available colours including a Kickstarter exclusive green. The surface finish is consistent and beautiful. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope in silver, black, gold, red, blue or green, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA SHOWCASE: The Manuka Colour reward but with the high precision aluminium display stand. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle and display stand. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15

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    MANUKA SHOWCASE PLUS: The Manuka Colour reward but with the high precision Super-Stand. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle and Super-Stand. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15

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    MANUKA ENGRAVED: The Manuka Showcase reward with stand and personalised engraving. Ideal as a personalised gift for yourself or someone special. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle, display stand and personalised engraving. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA ENGRAVED PLUS: The Manuka Showcase Plus reward with Super-Stand and personalised engraving. Ideal as a personalised gift for yourself or someone special. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle, Super-Stand and personalised engraving. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA COLLECTOR: A strictly limited edition collectors' set of all SEVEN colours, each with stand and engraving of your choice plus a unique engraved edition serial number (eg. limited edition:15/50). Also guaranteed for Christmas. Reward includes the Raw, Silver, Black, Gold, Red, Blue and Kickstarter exclusive Green gyroscopes, kevlar strings, seven pull handles, seven display stands and personalised engraving on all gyros all in a beautiful custom box. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $30. Strictly limited to 50 units!

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    MANUKA COLLECTOR: A strictly limited edition collectors' set of all SEVEN colours, each with stand and engraving of your choice plus a unique engraved edition serial number (eg. limited edition:15/50). Reward includes the Raw, Silver, Black, Gold, Red, Blue and Kickstarter exclusive Green gyroscopes, kevlar strings, seven pull handles, seven display stands and personalised engraving on all gyros all in a beautiful custom box. Delivery for x-mass is not guaranteed but we will do our best and you will be first in line for shipment. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $30. Strictly limited to 50 units!

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    MANUKA GOLD: A hand made solid sterling silver frame with 24ct gold plated brass disk. A true expression of precision craftsmanship, beauty and design. This gyroscope is timeless and for those who are passionate, creative, and aspiring about form and function. It will be hallmarked in London and come in a special presentation case. A stand, pull string, bespoke hand engraving and world wide shipping is included in this unique reward. Only 5 will be produced. Guaranteed in time for Christmas.

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