3 Machines (Videos)

RedBull Kludge

As you know, a Rube Goldberg Machine is a pointlessly complex machine that performs a simple, even mundane task. Though usually, Rube Goldbergs don’t envolve world class extreme athletes, the RedBull Kludge is an exception.

Derived from the German adjective Klug (meaning “clever”), Red Bull Kluge combines complex machinery patched together with the energy and prowess of world-class athletes, to see what happens when physics gets physical.

Sean MacCormac (Skydiver), Joey Brezinski (Skateboarder), Rickie Fowler (Golfer), Danny MacAskill (Trials Biker), Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarder), Drew Bezanson (BMX Rider), Bryce Menzies (Off-Road Truck Racer), Rhys Millen (Drifter), Robbie Maddison (Freestyle Motocross Rider), Lolo Jones (Hurdler), Pat Moore (Snowboarder) [Red Bull on YouTube]

We love Rube Goldberg machines here at The Gizzards Stone. Check out other Rube Goldbergs here.

How Mechanical Counters Work

Another less extreme, but no less interesting machine is the mechanical counter, that is not so common now, but once was extremely common.

Explaining the carry gear mechanism used in mechanical counters. Mechanical calculators also used this carry gear mechanism. http://woodgears.ca/counter [Matthias Wandel on YouTube]

Marble Machine

And the last machine of the day is this simple hand crank endless marble roller coaster.

Here is the Busted Bricks Marble Machine #1 in action. It is built from the kit which is available from www.bustedbricks.com

All parts are laser cut and the kit assembles with glue. [Michael Henrikson on YouTube]

Here are some other posts about machines and how things work

What are your favorites?

-Mike

how a counting machine works

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