Where science is yet to give us the flying cars, peripheral- vision eye glasses, propulsion helmets, or the hoverboard we have all been dreaming of since Back to the Future II and embed them into reality, there is no denying we’ve come very far from the gigantic computers of the 1940s and the ancientness of long-corded phones. We have come so far in fact, that the challenge is no longer bringing to life Tony Stark’s tech, or the world of Total Recall– they’re already in the making- but to bring to life objects that tear down physics in all its classic-atomic-quantum glory.
Here are ten inventions that balled up these sacred laws and chucked them right out the window.
I present to you: the earliest fidget spinner. This isn’t a recent invention- in fact it seems to have existed while Alexander the Great still roamed (and conquered) the earth. Discovered in the 19thcentury in Celtic and Egyptian sites, its function remains a puzzle to this day.
Ancient rattlebacks were made of different wood densities; newer ones come in plastic and even glass. They work with either an asymmetrical base with a skewed rolling axis or a symmetrical base with offset weighting at the ends. Basically, rattleback is a semi-ellipsoidal top which will rotate on its axis in a preferred direction. If spun in the opposite direction, it becomes unstable, “rattles” to a stop and reverses its spin to the preferred direction. This spin-reversal appears to violate the law of the conservation of angular momentum- in other words; it disobeys the laws that state it shouldn’t be able to move like it has a mind of its own.
No, we’re not talking about the dessert (if only good looks were enough to break physics). The most classic and mind-boggling paper-weight you will ever own, the Gomboc is a 3-dimensional mono-monostatic spherical object with a cat-like pig-headedness when it comes to moving.
To put in technical terms, it has just one unstable and one stable point of equilibrium. Put it down however you want, it will roll and turn until its back in its equilibrium position. Other than scientific uses in explaining equilibrium in tortoises, it does not seem to have much use- although, with its aesthetic appeal, it does make one fancy, picturesque décor.
Cutting and splitting wood is a dangerous business; its repetitive, demanding and infinitely exhausting. Even if Mother Nature decides to gives you a pass, the risk involved makes this a thoroughly unenjoyable experience.
In the event that you do not possess Captain America’s strength and prowess, therefore not requiring one at all, wood-cutting by axe has been a dangerous business- until this one guy decided the time for revolution has come.
By applying the crowbar’s prying power over big rocks and stumps to an axe, the Leveraxe came into existence in the gloomy forest of Sipoo, Finland. It is based on a lever mechanism and rotational action. The axe won’t get stuck inside the wood and it’s fast to use. Its safety hook stops the Leveraxe from deflecting in unexpected directions, coming to rest on its side.It is safer, faster, and insanely law-defying.
One- Way Bullet Proof Glass
You heard that right. Bullet Proof Glass is an essential component in Defense- in fact, anything that’s strong enough to stop a cascade of bullets is strong enough to withstand pretty much anything. But what stops them from coming in also stops you form coming out- no more.
By combining acrylic and polycarbonate plastic, the Protective Armored Services turned the conventional ballistic glass into a one-way street. While it functions like the typical glass, preventing bullets from coming in, they allow the defender to return fire- without harm to the glass. This better be the revolutionary game-changer we’re all hoping for- the action sequences are about to get better.