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These Magic Gears Will Mesmerize You

by Conner Flynn
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Who knew that watching gears move could be so soothing? These “Magic Gears” created by puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer will hypnotize and mesmerize you.

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Magic Gears Grid is a plaything made of a number of unusual looking gears. What is so magical about it? Well, gears aren’t supposed to work in a triangular configuration. Here’s an explanation from its maker:

Adjacent gears are supposed to turn in an opposite direction, and gears should be gridlocked when meshed in a triangular grid. However, it works for magic gears. Magic Gear Grid has a total of 19 magic gears in a triangular grid, one of which has a crank. When the crank is turned, then magic gears with the green side up turn clockwise, those with the red side up turn counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise). Surprising, isn’t it?

That’s pretty cool. Watching these gears move is so relaxing. I don’t know about you, but I could watch this all day. If you’re dying to have one for yourself, you can order one from Oskar’s i.materialize shop, but it will set you back a whopping $305(USD).

[via Nerd Approved via Neatorama]

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  1. Rustin says:

    These are very steep threads and that is what makes it work. When two identical gears/screws are meshed, the turning of one makes more of an axis-wise force than rotational force and so adjacent screws move along by going the same direction rotationally so they can also go in the same direction along the axis. Most gearing systems do not have these dynamics. Its a very cool device and its geometry may have some good uses beyond just being a good conversation piece.

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