About this project
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.
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.
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.
Machined from aircraft grade aluminum and solid brass, we have achieved an unmatched level of quality and surface finish.
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.
For those who prefer a more uniform look, the rest of the Manuka line will be anodized* giving them a consistent and beautiful finish.
We have six colours available including an exclusive Kickstarter Green that won't ever be available anywhere else.
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.
We have also produced an aluminium display stand that reflects the beauty and precision of the gyroscope. The stand is an optional extra.
The display stand comes with a notch in the top that allows you to perform tricks with the gyroscope.
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.
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).
We take huge pride in quality, and will not deliver anything but the best.
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.
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
* 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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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