Household appliance company Black and Decker has launched a new product -- their Gyro screwdriver. The Gyro is named for the gyroscopic technology it uses to operate. This technology is already used most visibly for video game controllers. Unlike other electronic screwdrivers, there isn't a switch to determine which direction the tip turns. The Gyro recognizes when the operator turns their wrist to the right for forward motion, and to the left for reverse.
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The speed is also controlled by wrist movement. After the quarter turn of the wrist to determine direction, additional turns determine speed.
The Gyro also boasts a rechargeable lithium battery that can operate for up to 18 months on a single charge -- assuming it's not being used for extensive periods of time.
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Black and Decker already has an extensive line of lightweight, lithium powered tools that range in size and use. The Gyro is set to launch in October.
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