This Mechanical Beat Machine Filled with Random Things for Instruments Is So Fun

I wish I could see more of the build process for artist Koka Nikoladze’s mechanical beat machines, but the little teasers of shaping springs and wires and wood in the video will have to do. In the end, the machines become adorably weird music boxes that are totally programmable and can “produce different kinds of…

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How Do Vending Machines Tell the Difference Between Fake Coins and Real Coins?

One of my life dreams as a child was to be able to fool a vending machine with quarter-like objects. I mean, how smart could a vending machine be, right? Wrong. More like how dumb a kid I was. Vending machines use light sensors to measure the size of a coin and electromagnets to detect the metal type to determine what…

Watching this giant braiding machine weave together fiberglass is so satisfying

Even if you saw how big the machine was and knew how it worked beforehnd, the little perfectly choreographed dance that all the little parts of this giant braiding machine does to weave together fiberglass is so damn impressive that you can’t really take your eyes away from it. Each strand just falls right in place…

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