Originally posted by AirSluf
You're right about precession. ... only we use gravity and an anchor point to the rope at the top of the gyro housing to replace the tail rotor. The gyro wouldn't get very far, but it would be trying to roll its way up along the rope (due to torque-not precession).
In your example AirSluf, the rope could counteract the torque of driving the gyro, but precession would stil cause it to rotate. In helicopters the "swash plate" (at the top of the mast) utilizes ...
Oh forget it. I really would love to go on, as flying is a big part of my life, but lets just leave it that it's not that great of an idea to use gyroscopes in the manner proposed (but I'll give bonus points to anyone who can accurately describe what the little ball does in the gyro image).
Aussie John started this with: "how about a horizontal flywheel spinning at the base of a monitor stand- the gyroscopic effect would stop it tipping over."
To possibly nudge this back on topic ~ Appleinsider has indeed jumped into the WWDC rumor whirlwind with it's most recent pages. The whole Smeagol/Gollom thing coupled with a JYDesque cantina scene is hilarious.
If they (the infinite monkey typists) hit paydirt maybe we'll even see some more cool front pages. Of course if it tanks, and Apple doesn't come close to these projections will all go back to ignoring what happens in the front of this site.
The downside being of course that if Appleinsider tanks ~ so does Apple. They are cutting it very close and need a mega-hit right now. Any further delay to the next generation Macintosh will be a disaster.
I want to believe, and my APPL stock holdings depend on it.