|From Ocean Navigator #131 |
For the past 20 years, product development crews at Danforth Compass in Gloucester, Mass., have been puzzling over how to balance a compass card to allow for the use of one compass – a standard, off-the-shelf model – anywhere in the world. The first balanced compasses are now available, thanks to a team of developers at Danforth.
“We have been thinking about this for a long time,” said Ken LeBlanc, Danforth’s product manager for compasses. “We finally figured it out – we decoupled the motion by installing a magnet in the inner float chamber.”
LeBlanc allows that he had some help. “We had some assistance from MIT engineers.” Danforth is calling its product Global Balance, a magnetic compass that can be used anywhere in the world.