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1819 – Foucault – bio

Leon Foucault was born in Paris, France in 1819 and was a physicist. He is best known for his demonstration of the rotation of Earth under a swinging pendulum (now known as Foucault pendulums). He also gave the name “gyroscope” to another device he used to investigate the motion of the planet. In 1850, Foucault […]

Navigation: Clocks and Compasses

The history of navigation tools is about clocks, compasses and sextants. Navigating requires knowledge about where you are and where you want to go. Early navigation probably involved short, local trips, where there was no need to know your precise location and only a direction was needed to aim for some destination. This could be […]

MEMS Gyroscopes

MEMS gyroscopes are very small, cheap gyroscopes that use a vibrating element to detect any change in their orientation. MEMS Gyroscopes – [nanogloss.com] Enabling a device to orient itself and respond to movement, MEMS gyroscopes have produced the next big technological splash: touch-triggered screens. This is what gives devices like the iPhone their interactive edge. […]

1817 – gyroscope

A gyroscope is a device that can maintain a directional orientation because it is spinning rapidly and the axis of the spin resists being changed. A spinning top is a simple example. The first known gyroscope was documented by Johann Bohnenberger in 1817. In 1851 Leon Foucault demonstrated the Foucault pendulum and in 1852, coined […]