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Counterbalanced pizza carrier

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Carrying a single, large hot pizza, in cardboard box, is a relatively simple task.

If, however, the pizza carrier has other items to transport, things become more complex, which can imperil the stability of the box and thus risk compromising the integrity of the pizza.

The walking/driving transition is a point of particular risk.

However, with the new BorgCo pizza carrier, such concerns are at an end.

The carrier is of moulded plastic, and comprises a vertical shaft 500mm long, at the top of which is a sturdy grab handle. At the base of the shaft are two fold-out brackets - one designed to support and retain a large, boxed pizza in a horizontal plane, and the other a clip to take the neck of a 2 litre soft drink bottle hanging vertically down.

The distance between the centreline of the bottle clip and that of the shaft is adjustable.

To use, set the bottle support adjustment to correspond to the diameter of the pizza. Place the pizza on the platform and adjust the position of the bottle while supporting the device by its handle, until the shaft hangs vertically.

The pizza can then be easilly carried one-handed, with the bottle closest to the user's body, the turning moment induced by the weight of the pizza being exactly counterbalanced by the force acting on the bottle.

8th of 7, Aug 06 2014

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       [+] for excellent application of physics.
gisho, Aug 06 2014
  

       I feel like this is perfectly engineered, and therefore against my principles. Could you somehow include the words "gimbal" or "flywheel-stabilized" ?
bs0u0155, Aug 06 2014
  

       I appreciate the fact that some people do eat pizza, but what sort of gentleman actually carries his own pizza? And how does the drink enter into this? Are you seriously expecting the sommelier and the waiter to do double-duty?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 06 2014
  

       I think you could arrange the shaft, between handle and pizza, to form a kind of cage. Put the bottle in the cage, and its weight becomes centered as easily as the design can center the pizza box that the brackets hold.
Vernon, Aug 06 2014
  

       [Max], the sommelier has a reasonable excuse since the “beverage” specified is a //2 litre soft drink//
pocmloc, Aug 07 2014
  

       The re-useable lead weight doesn't fit with the idea of making the unit as light as possible when not deployed, and if you just want dead weight you can jettison then forget the salad and get the shop to fill an empty drink bottle with tap water.
8th of 7, Aug 07 2014
  

       Best to have a platter on one side of the shaft, and a basket on the other. The shaft itself is in two sections, the top section is a vertical shaft terminating in a spade grip, while the lower section consists of a pair of parallel radius arms. However unbalanced the load, the platter and basket will swing to position the centre of gravity directly beneath the handle and top part of the shaft. The radius arms make sure that the platter is always perpendicular to the upper part of the shaft.
pocmloc, Aug 07 2014
  

       Yes, that would be ideal for a balanced meal ...
8th of 7, Aug 07 2014
  

       kinematic version would be a hat with a thing like a drum on it, slices of pizza to be held onto the surface by centrifugal force using a tesla turbine powered by bellows in the footwear.
not_morrison_rm, Aug 07 2014
  

       Since [bs0u0155]'s annotation, we have been considering the possibility of a gyro-stabilised gimball-mounted servo-levelled pizza carrying helmet.
8th of 7, Aug 07 2014
  

       //slices of pizza to be held onto the surface by centrifugal force using a tesla turbine powered by bellows in the footwear//   

       it's testament to this website that I read that and thought: "Seems reasonable"
bs0u0155, Aug 07 2014
  
      
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