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Tag: Mechanical

Digimech Clock Features Gear Driven Digital Display

Digimech Clock Features Gear Driven Digital Display
I’ll just start out by saying this: I’m a sucker for cool digital clocks. And this one is a real doozy. UK designer Duncan Shotton’s Digimech clock may look like an LED or LCD timepiece on the surface, but it’s actual a complicated mechanical contraption that creates a 7-segment digital illusion.

Robot Beggars – That’S All We Need Now.

Robot Beggars – That’S All We Need Now.
Now I’m sympathetic to those who have fallen on hard times, many of us still find people who beg for money to be irritating. So why someone would go through the trouble of building a robot that begs for spare change is anyone’s guess.

Little Big Man: Robot Inside a Robot

Little Big Man: Robot Inside a Robot
What did the big robot say to the little robot? “Get in me belly!” At least that’s the way this amazing automaton works. The larger-than-life wood and metal robot features a tiny little robot inside its gut, and it looks like he’s the real brains of the operation.

Clock Combines Digital, Analog Worlds

Clock Combines Digital, Analog Worlds
This amazing clock combines the 7-segment look of a modern LED or LCD clock, but messes with your head by making the digits come to life with a mechanical movement. Designed and realized by RISD BFA student Alvin Aronson, the D/A Clock is a clever mash-up between the digital and analog universes.

USB Boxer Doles Out the Punches

USB Boxer Doles Out the Punches
Seems like a day doesn’t go by when some new bit of USB wackiness finds its way to my computer. Today’s find: this desktop boxer that connects to your USB port. The pint-sized prizefighter is more sophisticated than your average USB gizmo, letting you throw punches using your computer keyboard.

High School Drafting Made Fun

High School Drafting Made Fun
While I cut my teeth playing my Atari 2600, I never realized that I could use mine as a creative solution to completing my homework assignments. I guess I just wasn’t that crafty. Here’s a guy who managed to turn an Atari joystick into a drafting project for his high school industrial arts class.

Tiny Robots, Smaller Than a Quarter

Tiny Robots, Smaller Than a Quarter
These amazing micro robots measure in at under 1/4 cubic inch in volume, and weigh less than an ounce. Sandia National Labs has developed these tiny automatons which operate on the power of three watch batteries.

Roller-Walker: the Real Rollerskating Robot

Roller-Walker: the Real Rollerskating Robot
A while back I had a very popular post about Plen, a little bipedal humanoid robot who happened to be able to rollerskate. While that was all for show, this robot actually skates around as one of its primary methods of locomotion.

The Real Planetary Clock

The Real Planetary Clock
A while back, I told you about a little solar system clock from Japan. It didn’t accurately represent the positions of the planets or anything but the time of day (and I’m not even sure it did that right).

Music Orb: Portable Music Goes Back to Nature

Music Orb: Portable Music Goes Back to Nature
Ok, I’ll say it now. This music player only plays one tune, “Voi Che Sapete,” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, but it sure looks cool doing it. The Music Orb is a perfectly smooth wooden globe that contains a tiny mechanical music box.

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