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Howard Lee’s hyperrealistic drawing illusions

Turning hyperrealism into a video guessing game, illustrator and illusionist of sorts Howard Lee draws objects on paper that attempt to reach photographic levels of detail. Above, his Drawing Trick with Marbles. B...

Explore the Miniatur Wunderland model railway with Google Maps

In the miniature train game, Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland is a big deal. It is the largest model railway in the world, all HO scale, and it continues to grow. By 2020, ten new sections will be added to the already im...

The Toy Piano Virtuoso: Margaret Leng Tan

From New York City's Carnegie Hall to venues all around the world, classically-trained musician Margaret Leng Tan performs concerts on her collection of toy pianos... as well as toy drums, catfood cans, soy sauce dish...

Circular motion demonstration with a sparkler & a hula hoop

From physics teacher and film maker Alom Shaha, check out these simple demonstrations showing how something moving in a circle will move in a straight line when you remove the centripetal force acting upon that thing....

Plastic Injection Molding

Bill [Hammack] details the key engineering principles underlying plastic injection molding. He describes its history and then reveals the intricate details of the process. He shows viewers where to found, on any injec...

Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

Can a "skwishy" baby toy help inform how next generation robots explore other worlds? Vytas SunSpiral's team at NASA Ames Research Center joined forces with Alice Agogino's Mechanical Engineering lab at UC Berkeley to...

The jazz of a helium ball & charcoal – Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA

A transparent plastic ball filled with helium floats in an all white room. Attached are 300 charcoal sticks that make the ball look a bit like a flu germ, a "a post-industrial creature" that awaits interaction with an...

Spiral after spiral of HO-scale toy trains

Watch as HO-scale (1:87) toy trains load onto a spiral track, layer by layer, in this video by train enthusiast James Risner. Risner has experimented with a series of these spirals on his YouTube channel, including th...

The Slinky machine: A hand-cranked, wooden Slinky escalator

What if you had a never-ending stairway for a Slinky to "walk" down? How long do you think it might continue to descend? Matthias Wandel of Woodgears.ca decided to find out. This is The Slinky Machine, a specially-con...

How many LEGO combinations can be made with 6 standard bricks?

"How many ways can you put together six of these bricks?" This question, asked and answered in 1958 with an estimate of 103 million, has only recently been answered correctly, thanks to math professor Soren Eilers and...

A prosthetic system that lets kids make their own LEGO robot limbs

What if you could reimagine prosthetics in a way that lets kids design and make their own prosthetic robot limbs? When IDEO industrial designer Carlos Arturo Torres was a student at UMEA Institute of Design, he asked ...

Inside the LEGO Factory: How robots & machines make LEGO

In this factory in Billund, Denmark, autonomous robots and precise machines can make 36,000 LEGO pieces per minute... that's 2.16 million pieces every hour or 19 billion elements every year... if not more. Recent tota...

Toy Dinosaur Figurine – How It’s Made

From the Science Channel's How It's Made tv show, watch how artisans create detailed toy figurines: from drawings, to computer software, to 3D printed and hand-carved sculptures, to the casting of silicone, plaster, a...

Marble Tsunami marble run machine: 11,000 marbles

It's a Marble Tsunami! This huge marble run machine or knikkerbaan has more than 11,000 marbles rolling, sliding, zigzagging, hitting bells, and clacking endlessly into each other, making quite a cacophony. With four ...

Driving on Air – Inventor Raul Oaida and his LEGO car

From The Adaptors, Flora Lichtman talks with 21 year old Romanian inventor Raul Oaida, who has built a jet-engine bike, a tiny spaceship, and a 500,000 brick LEGO car that is powered by air. How does it work? "We h...

Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei

Freeline skating or freelining was invented in 2003 by Ryan Farrelly and has since become popular around Asia, including Taipei, Taiwan where this Kuma Films video was recorded. Watch as Light Liu & 曾昱暠 make it loo...

The praxinoscope-style BusyBody Quick-Pose Animator

Ten bendable, posable figures spin around the outside of a turntable. At the center, a series of mirrors reflect their poses. This simple combination makes for a delightful and accessible animation toy: Eye Think's Bu...

The Mephisto Spiral – Part magic trick, part optical illusion

Watch as Grand Illusions' Hendrik Ball deftly showcases The Mephisto Spiral, a brain-breaking toy that seems to mix an optical illusion with a bit of the slight-of-hand skills required for magic tricks: It looks li...

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