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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...

Tops (1969) by Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Eames was quoted to have said, "Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas." He and his wife Ray, both iconic designers, seemed to take this play-based appro...

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago

This huge fairy castle, a doll house made from 200 exacting components that can be packaged into shipping crates for touring, has been at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry since 1949. In 2014, the structure...

3D-Printed “Blooming” Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

Animation is a trick of the eye, and we're often reminded of this when we get to see animation happen right in front of us. 3D-printed zoetrope sculptures by math and Fibonacci-inspired artist and designer John Edmark...

British birds created with LEGO (and made an official set)

Originally hand-crafted with bricks from a wide variety of LEGO sets, LEGO fan and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom pieced together a series of beautiful British birds as a tribute to the natural world that he wants to ...

How Daruma dolls are made + Make an origami Daruma doll

Daruma dolls are paper mache Japanese dolls that represent perseverance, patience, protection, prosperity, achievement, and good luck in the New Year. In this video from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the do...

Stop motion by PES: Submarine Sandwich and Western Spaghetti

Come visit the deli where a Submarine Sandwich is made from sports equipment, toys, and other playfully-delicious looking stuff. Stop motion filmmaker PES is well-known for filling his films with visual surprises, whe...

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