Tap Dancing Machine

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Instructables user grandpapaning has built this pretty neat tap-dancing robot.  In actuality, it serves no purpose whatsoever.  In practice though, it’s a great way to teach people about the different areas of science – Electricity, electronics, mechanical design, turning electrical signals into physical forces.  In general, lots of stuff.  It’s all pretty neat really.  There’s … Continued

Marbles!

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A Crap ton of Marbles. 11,000 according to the video description to be sure.  I’m sure there are more there, that large trey at the end seemed like the markers were past the 10,000 point before it flipped.  There weren’t that many different paths for the marbles to go though.  I think it would have … Continued

I do Nothing

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For a period of 15 years starting in 1948 Lawrence Wahlstrom, the retired clock maker and by all means armature engineer, added many gears to a old WW2 bomb sight.  The actual number of gears is unknown, he stopped counting, or lost count, or both.  It’s over 700 though. What do all these gears do?

This isn’t Necessary

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Marketing people never stop amazing you do they.  The those from Coca-Cola Israel released a short lived marketing gimmick camera that attaches to the bottom of a standard Coca-Cola bottle.  It takes a photo whenever it detects a change in tilt of at least 70°.  That photo is a selfie.  It’s interesting, but as I … Continued

Smart Shoes? (Or useless shoes)

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Not exactly smart, they actually make your phone less smart, and less distracting.  How we evolved to need a special shoe to take the place of self control I’ll never know.  The idea that In Good Company has come up with is to make a pair of shoes that pair to your smart phone and, through … Continued

Hot Glue Tricks

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Some of the things you find in the subreddit of /r/diwhy.  As the name suggests, it’s more of a question of why would you do this instead of hey, I did this.  I’ve posted quite a few things from it before, most were dangerous.  These tips are really just crazy in the there’s so many other … Continued

Chainsaw Blender

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I’m not sure exactly why someone would do this, but this is America, you can do anything you want.  So Insturcables user mikeurus used his ingenuity to power a blender with a chain saw.  It’s a great conversation piece, but it’s not something you’ll keep on your counter at home, too much toxic exhaust to keep … Continued

DIY Circular Saw

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Seriously, this is basically the worst thing you could ever try and make.  If you have nothing to do and want to waste some perfectly good hot-glue, then be my guest, make this aluminum can/sheet metal “saw”.  Come on, did you see the outcome of the cut he did?  That wasn’t even close to straight. … Continued

Periodic Table of Wood

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I have posted quite a few different periodic tables over the years.  There was the The Periodic Table of Characters, The Periodic Table of Awesoments, but my favorite is the Actual Periodic Table.  Anyway, that’s nothing compared to this new Periodic Table: Yes, it’s a periodic table of different woods.  It doesn’t look like it … Continued

Controllable Bubbles

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Part of the fun of bubbles is not knowing what you’re going to get.  Not knowing how many, or how large, or how long the bubbles are going to be.  They are unpredictable.  Gordon Kirkwood decided to take the unpredictability out of them.  He made what he calls the CNC Bubble Iris.  The entire thing … Continued