The Zero Toys Science
The Zero Launcher and the Zero Blaster launch
2 to 6 inch diameter non-toxic fog rings that sail up to fourteen feet.
Easy to use, they are great stress busters and with practice you'll be
able to create bigger and better rings.
The Zero Launcher and Zero Blaster use the
same liquid that Hollywood uses in the movies to make special effects
fog. Like a snowflake, each fog ring is unique, expanding at its own
rate and traveling at its own speed. You'll be captivated by their
beauty, mesmerized by the myriad shapes you'll discover in every fog
ring you create. The Zero Launcher and Zero Blaster will provide hours
of good clean fun for children and adults alike.
A lot of how the Zero Blaster or Zero
Launcher works has to do with your handling of it. There is an element
of finesse you are going to gain as you improve and pit your skill
against yourself and against others. The Launcher and Blaster also
provide a fascinating insight into the principles of physics. The fog
ring is a rotating toroidal (donut shaped) vortex (whirling motion of
liquid or air with a low pressure area in the center).
The Zero Launcher and Zero Blaster are available in translucent blue, red, purple and silver. Each toy comes with three ounces of Super Zero Fluid (cherry scent), enough for more than 25,000 fog rings.
The Zero Launcher and Zero Blaster have an
elastic diaphragm that pushes a burst of air through a small opening. You
can launch fog rings holding the launcher still, but the rings will be
smaller and travel a shorter distance. To create the largest fog rings,
that will travel up to fourteen feet, follow the directions in the
1. Begin smooth forward motion
2. Fire Blaster or Launcher almost at end of the smooth forward push
3. Slow the forward push after the fog ring is fired but continue forward motion for an inch or two.
Notice how the varying forward speed of the
Launcher changes the size of the fog rings. With a little practice, 6
inch fog rings are easily produced. Fog rings made in this way can
travel up to 14 feet.
A LITTLE BIT OF PHYSICS
The fog rings created by the Zero Blaster and
Zero Launcher may look like smoke rings but they are very different.
The Launcher and Blaster create a "fog", a relatively cool cloud that
quickly disappears at room temperature, leaving no trace behind.
MACHINES OFTEN CREATE THEM
There are other toroidal vortices in our
world, but most of the time you can't see them. Toroidal vortices can be
made from simple air or water. They require only two things to exist:
energy (applied in exactly the right manner) and a medium (air, water -
or special effects fog solution). Many machines create their own
toroidal vortex. They can occur around the wings of an airplane or in
the wake of a boat; inside a centrifugal pump or in rocket blast.
Douglas Leigh, known as "the man who lit up
Broadway", used steam to create five foot diameter "smoke rings" for the
legendary Camel signs. You can learn more about him from the link on our links page
AND NATURE CREATES THEM
Toroidal vortices also occur in nature -
Whirlpools, tornadoes, and hurricanes are all toroidal vortices. There
may even be a galaxy in the shape of a toroidal vortex. The most
impressive maker of toroidal vortices on earth are volcanoes. They can
produce huge and very visible smoke and fog rings which rise hundreds of
feet into the air and last as long as ten minutes. Scientists are still
trying to understand the way a volcano produces these rings. Who knows,
you might be the one who figures it out. Check out our links page!
The sun also produces Toroidal vortices.
Solar flairs can send gigantic rings into space, but they aren't the
largest rings. That record goes to a star which exploded, creating a
toroidal vortex a billion miles across!
But the most fun example of a toroidal vortex is made by dolphins. Dolphins
are sea-bound mammals and so breath air, but they spend a lot of time
under water and have learned to hold their breath for a very long time.
They have also learned to blow air ring bubbles, and to play with them.
In fact, this is one of their favorite games. These bubbles normally
float quickly to the surface. Dolphins never tire of watching bubble
rings, but they also enjoy chasing and catching the rings they create.
Kind of like how we play with soap bubbles. The clever dolphins also use
their flukes and flippers to fan the bubble rings to keep them from
rising. This gives them more time to play with their creation. They can
even change the shape of the bubble rings they create. If you want to
learn more about this fascinating subject, there is a group called
Earthtrust who studies dolphins. Earthtrust has been studying how
dolphins seem to understand what they are creating and do it on purpose.
Watching dolphins play with air rings is one of the ways people
discovered what intelligent creatures they really are.