The Gomboc
5 (1 Reviews) Item
The Gomboc
5 (1 Reviews) Item

This is the Gmbc, the world's only homogenous, convex, self-righting object.

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$299.95
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This is the Gmbc, the world's only homogenous, convex, self-righting object. Unlike inhomogeneous self-righting novelties built with weighted bases, the Gmbc is made of solid stainless steel, relying solely upon its unique curvilinear surface to achieve equilibrium from any starting position. Entirely convex—every point on its surface bulges outward—it is similar in geometry to the shell of the radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata), which allows the animal to self-right without the use of its limbs. Mathematically impossible in two dimensions, the Gmbc barely exists in three-dimensional space, the only known nondegenerate object to possess exactly one stable and exactly one unstable point of equilibrium. Flat objects (e.g. pebbles) have two stable points while thin objects (e.g. pencils) have two unstable points. Therefore, a Gmbc is a precise representation of minimal flatness and thinness—increasing either parameter creates additional points of stable equilibrium. Machined to tolerances below 10 microns (1/10th the thickness of a human hair), the Gmbc comes in a protective case to prevent dust from affecting its performance. 3.54" H x 3.93" W x 3.14" D. (6 1/4 lbs.)

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