I came across the Flyte STORY clock recently (link) and I’m stumped as to how it works. Does anyone know how it holds the ball against gravity when it’s vertically upright?

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I asked Physics but they closed the question immediately. Hopefully this is the right place to ask!

This article touches on the subject, but provided only speculation and no detail.

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    Sorry, I don't think this is the right place to ask, either. May 10, 2020 at 6:53
  • @auspicious99 Can you suggest a different forum? May 10, 2020 at 7:36
  • @MichaelFinn: You can try Quora, they don't have the stringent rules of Stack Exchanges, but sometimes some questions don't get noticed. May 10, 2020 at 8:11
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    @hippietrail Thanks for the advice! I’ll leave this up in case a kind stranger feels like imparting wisdom, but no hard feelings if it needs to be closed. May 10, 2020 at 8:30
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    Flyte uses Magnetic levitation in other products. Hence most likely it is used here, too. There is a thesis (German language) describing it (scroll to "Flyte" section)
    – Robert
    May 10, 2020 at 11:36

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inside the clock: enter image description here

Full manufacturing instructions:



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    Unfortunately this DIY project does not appear to levitate the ball, but rather holds it magnetically against the side of the clock face. I do appreciate the answer attempt almost three years later, though! Jan 16, 2023 at 6:57

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