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Tag: Mechanical

Skittles Sorting Machine 3 Sorts Other Types of Candy, Needs Its Name Sorted Out

Skittles Sorting Machine 3 Sorts Other Types of Candy, Needs Its Name Sorted Out
Last year we found out about Brian Egenriether’s pet project – a machine that automatically separates Skittles by color. It’s fun to watch it work, but ultimately it was a novelty invention because it went about its task at a leisurely pace.

LEGO Xbox 360 Disc Changer Isn’t Really for the Lazy

LEGO Xbox 360 Disc Changer Isn’t Really for the Lazy
If you and your indolent ass ever wished that there was a gadget that could insert your Xbox 360’s discs for you, this contraption is not the answer. Not only because it’s not really practical, but because you’ll never be able to build it in the first place.

DARPA Shows Robot Hand That Can Do Delicate Work on the Cheap

DARPA Shows Robot Hand That Can Do Delicate Work on the Cheap
DARPA is showing off a new robotic hand that is advanced enough to perform very delicate, precise maneuvers. That’s impressive by itself, but the main thing here is that it costs just 1/16th the price of previous models.

MB&F HM4 Final Edition Watch: Mortgage Everything You Own to Get It

MB&F HM4 Final Edition Watch: Mortgage Everything You Own to Get It
There’s something to be said about watches that cost more than cars. Needless to say that this analog wonder of a watch will cost you a pretty penny, but it will probably last you a lifetime.

LEGO Lathe Performs Spinjitzu on Foam

LEGO Lathe Performs Spinjitzu on Foam
Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to make motorized shop tools out of LEGO. Now, the guy behind the LEGO 3D milling machine is back with a new creation – a lathe that can create custom forms by tracing a simple outline.

LEGO Automaton: LEGONardo da Vinci

LEGO Automaton: LEGONardo da Vinci
This awesome LEGO robot was inspired by 18th Century Swiss watch and automata creators Pierre Jacquet-Droz and Henri Maillardet. It is a LEGO automaton that draws sketches on paper and comes from the mind of Italian robot maker Daniele Benedettelli.

Cardboard Computer and Plotter Really Work

Cardboard Computer and Plotter Really Work
I’ve heard of corrugated cardboard being used to house computers, but this project takes cardboard computing to a whole new level. Niklas Roy used rubber bands, rope and cardboard to create a functional, mechanical computer and plotter.

The Ethiopian Caterpillar – Robot Bug of the 19th Century

The Ethiopian Caterpillar – Robot Bug of the 19th Century
I’m always mesmerized by the intricate craftsmanship found in antique automatons. I think it’s something about the fact that people could build robotics without any electrical or electronic components that is truly amazing. One of the more incredible automatons to pop onto my radar screen of late is this mechanical caterpillar that dates back to 1820.

iRobot and Raytheon’s All-in-One Robot Fabricator: Hide Your Kids, The Robocalypse Is Nigh

iRobot and Raytheon’s All-in-One Robot Fabricator: Hide Your Kids, The Robocalypse Is Nigh
OK, so basically, self-replicating robots are a no-no when it comes to robotics, because you don’t want them to start taking over the planet and exterminating humans. I for one, don’t welcome our robotic overlords.  iRobot and Raytheon recently filed a patent which could be the source of something scarily robotic. 

Katamari Stirling Engine: That’s How We Roll

Katamari Stirling Engine: That’s How We Roll
It’s been quite a while since Katamari Damacy first came out, but it’s still one of my all-time favorite games. Between the quirky characters and original gameplay mechanics, it definitely belongs in the video game hall of fame, IMHO.

Robotic Fruit Bowl Costs $11,500, Might Drop Your Fruit on the Floor

Robotic Fruit Bowl Costs $11,500, Might Drop Your Fruit on the Floor
I love cool art and design, but artists can be a weird bunch. Take for instance this fruit bowl which was on display in the Design Space Tel Aviv booth at this week’s Art Basel show in Miami.

MechBass Grooves on Some Muse

MechBass Grooves on Some Muse
Despite the increasing number of robotic musical acts, I’m still always tickled by the idea of a band that does away with the human element, and puts robots in their rightful place – to entertain their masters.

Push Button House Unfolds into 5 Rooms in About 60 Seconds

Push Button House Unfolds into 5 Rooms in About 60 Seconds
How’d you like it if you could fold up your entire house and store it in a shipping container? Well, that’s basically what artist/architect Adam Kalkin recently did with the creation of his Push Button House.

Guy Makes His Own Scroll Saw – Out of Wood

Guy Makes His Own Scroll Saw – Out of Wood
Now you know you can run down to the local Home Depot and pick up a scroll saw for under 100 bucks, right? Well that didn’t stop one enterprising DIYer from building his own. Instead of using metal, this guy built his out of wood.

Single Kernel Popcorn Popper: The Opposite of Jiffy Pop

Single Kernel Popcorn Popper: The Opposite of Jiffy Pop
I’ve seen some strange inventions over the years, but this might be one of the strangest. It’s a special device that’s designed to pop popcorn – one kernel at a time.

LEGO Time Twister 2 Clock: Time is Better the Second Time Around

LEGO Time Twister 2 Clock: Time is Better the Second Time Around
About a year ago, I spotted this cool mechanical LEGO clock called the Time Twister. It was a pretty amazing build, recreating the segmented display of an LCD clock, entirely with LEGO parts. Well its builder, Hans Andersson is back with a new version – the Time Twister 2.

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