Gyroscopes have allowed many modern-day gadgets to achieve impressive feats. They appear to defy the laws of physics, however, gyroscopes serve as perfect examples of several laws of Physics and play important roles in some of technology’s biggest breakthroughs.

Often used in combination with accelerometers and other orientation sensors, gyroscopes were recently introduced by LoctekMotion, via a patented technology, to detect and prevent standing desk collisions. This patented standing desk safety feature employs a combination of a 6 axis gyroscope (3 accelerometers and 3 standard orientation sensors).

What is a Gyroscope?

Primarily used for navigation and space travel you’ll find them in airplanes, space stations, and other airborne flying objects. A typical airplane will have an entire array of them, including a plane’s all-important compass. The Russian Mir Space Station uses 11 of them to keep it oriented in relation to the sun. The Hubble telescope has a batch of them also used to manage its orientation in space.

By definition, a Gyroscope is a “device consisting of a wheel or disc mounted so that it can spin rapidly about an axis which is itself free to alter in direction. The orientation of the axis is not affected by the tilting of the mounting.”

How Does a Gyroscope Work?

A gyroscope’s ability to seemingly defy gravity is a product of angular momentum, influenced by torque on a disc, like gravity, to produce a precession of the spinning disc or wheel. It is a spinning wheel or disc in which the axis of rotation (spin axis) is free to assume any orientation by itself. When rotating, the orientation of this axis is unaffected by tilting or rotation of the mounting, according to the conservation of angular momentum.

How Does Loctek Use Gyroscopes to Make Their Standing Desks Safe?

LoctekMotion uses its patented gyro-sense technology that employs a 6 axis gyroscope along with 3 accelerometers and 3 standard orientation sensors to prevent both soft and hard collision of the standing desks as well as ensure the stability of the structure of the standing desk during height adjustment.

A hard collision occurs where the movement of a standing desk comes in contact with something hard such as a bookshelf or a chair. A soft collision occurs when the standing desk while being adjusted hits something soft like a human arm or a soft toy that gets stuck between the desk and a stationary object like a wall.

Without the extremely sensitive gyro-sense technology such impacts can result in severe damage to another object or cause injury to a person or a pet.

The 6-axis gyroscope at the center of Loctek’s collision detection technology detects changes in orientation and rotational motion in the X, Y, and Z axes. Even the slightest changes in the orientation of the desk due to a potential collision stop the movement of the standing desk.

Not only does LoctekMotion’s highly responsive collision-prevention system prevent both soft and hard collisions when the standing desk is being lifted or lowered, but it also monitors the stability of the platform to prevent it from tipping over while being moved if an unbalanced load is located on the platform. This ensures that expensive electronics or other valuables are not damaged due to the desk tipping because of the poor load balancing of the platform.

The big reason LoctekMotion’s standing desks and lifting columns have become popular is because of their compact design and the stability despite having a small footprint in most applications with all the operational capabilities of a large footprint pneumatic or hydraulic actuator. This is further enhanced by the collision-prevention system.

In conclusion, with the modern techniques, a patented collision-prevention system with a 6 axis gyroscope along with 3 accelerometers and 3 standard orientation sensors, and compact design LoctekMotion can provide the best lifting columns for applications in standing desks, conference tables, storage racks or kitchen cabinets.