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Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

A home made string shooter & slow moving waves in rope

This string shooter uses two wheels on motors to push a string forward while a tube guides the string back through the wheels, creating a constant loop that appears to defy gravity and demonstrates wave phenomena. ...

Conveyor Belt Hero

Different sizes and colors of wooden blocks travel along a conveyor belt, placed in a melodious order by eight helpers on the Conveyor Belt Hero team. Mystery Guitar Man Joe Penna plays the blocks all in order with hi...

Strain Wave Gearing LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Module

Behold another excellent Great Ball Contraption (GBC) from LEGO enthusiast Akiyuki, this one with Strain Wave Gearing. Akiyuki explains: Strain wave gearing consists of three components: a wave generator, a flex s...

Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

How to Design a Particle Accelerator

What is a particle accelerator and how would you go about designing one? We've heard of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, but what of the tens of thousands of other accelerators being used in science and medicine? ...

Matchsticks – How It’s Made

Tiny sticks of wood, each with a droplet of red compound liquid drying on its end, traveling together en mass through a metal matchstick making machine. This is how commercial safety matches are made, via the Science ...

3D-printed Metamaterial Mechanisms

Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are exploring how 3D cell patterns called metamaterials can take on not-seen-in-nature properties based on their shape, geometry, size, orientation, and ...

A girl visits the postage stamp factory – Sesame Street

Before stamps became stickers, which started in earnest in the United States around 1989, they were printed sheets of paper with water-activated adhesive backing. In 1987, Sesame Street visited the US Postal Service t...

Maple Clouds – Making a wooden bowl in stop motion

How a wooden cloud bowl was made in Frank Howarth's workshop, a stop motion adventure: This is a wood turned segmented bowl made from walnut and maple. I built the form of the bowl from rings each made up of 12 se...

Can paper cut wood?

Can a piece of paper cut through a piece of wood? Ontario, Canada-based carpenter and YouTuber John Heisz replaced a table saw blade with a circular piece of printer paper to see what would happen. Of the experiment, ...

Bending sliced wood like a slinky

Inspired by the work of furniture designer Seth Rolland, hobbyist woodworker Peter Brown of Shop Time decided to try and bend a block of wood like a slinky by slicing it into a thin zig zag pattern. He wrote: For ...

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine

Behold the 'Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine', a delightful Rube Goldberg-style contraption by inventor and retired airline pilot Peter Browne. Along with his friend Mervyn Huggett, Browne spent 1,000 hours over the c...

Great Ball Contraption (GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Featured at Japan's Brickfest 2016, this Great Ball Contraption is made of 20 modules created by four designers: 3 modules from Finn, 2 from Toise, 1 from Y. Kuramata, and 14 modules from Akiyuki, who is famous for cr...

How is Victorian Nectar Drop candy made?

...and why are lemon drops, cough drops, and fruit drops all called drops? In this video by Tallahassee, Florida's Lofty Pursuits artisanal candy makers, we get an up close look at how their restored candy equipme...

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

A monster-sized bridge building machine in action

Two feats of engineering: the bridge that the machine is building and the machine itself. This is the 580 ton, 91.8 meter (301 foot) long, 7.4 meter (24 foot) wide SLJ900/32 Bridge Girder Erection Machine by the Beiji...

Ma’agalim, Jane Bordeaux, & journeys inside an old penny arcade

"In a forgotten old penny arcade a wooden doll is stuck in place and time." This is Ma'agalim (Circles), a beautifully animated music video by Tel Aviv-based band Jane Bordeaux and director Uri Lotan.

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