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Penny-Dispensing Machine: an Interactive Representation of the Daily Grind

by Lambert Varias

…or the daily crank, as the machine puts it. Says maker Blake Fall-Conroy, “Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (NY state minimum wage).” Obviously the machine stops doling out money as soon as you stop turning the crank. I think $7 is slightly less than the minimum daily wage here in the Philippines. Then again, in New York $7 will probably only get you what, a movie? Not even?


The penny-dispensing machine measures about approx. 15 x 19 x 72 in. Its wood and plexiglass body houses “custom electronics”, a change sorter and a motor, among other things, all powered by the hand crank. Would you rather turn a crank for 8 hours or do actual work?

[via Boing Boing]

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Comments (1):

  1. technabob says:

    Clearly you haven’t visited New York lately. You’re lucky to get a bucket of popcorn at the movies for $7 bucks. You’d have to crank this thing for 90+ minutes to pay for a movie there.

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