Sunday, April 03, 2011

Gömböc and other oddities

I'd like to have a Gömböc, I'm so curious how it works. And it should look nice in aluminium. But it's not cheap


The Gömböc is a self-righting object, which means that no matter which way you put it down, it stands itself back up. It's like a Weeble, except it doesn't cheat by having a weight at the bottom, and it's the only shape that can do this.

The existence of a shape with these properties was conjectured in 1995, but it took ten years for someone to figure out how to actually make one that worked.

I would not have thought that possible.

Other odd objects.

3 comments:

Alex said...

Looking through the rest of the gifts, I see we must be geeks as we already have soft toys of germs and viruses, and we already have a kelin bottle too.

The Gallium and Aerogel look like the next two to get as well as eventually a Gömböc.

eolake said...

Yeah, that's pretty geeky, well done.

I'm impressed by the aerogel thing.

TC [Girl] said...

Eolake said...
"I'm impressed by the aerogel thing."

Me, too! I thought that looked pretty cool! :-)