Archive for the ‘best Rube Goldberg Machine videos’ Category
__SPACER__ I wonder what Rube Golberg machines are called in Japan. In the UK, for example, they are named after a similar cartoonist, called Heath Robinson. <p /><p />Somehow I imagine the Japanese having a dedicated thousand year old adjective, since from this clip there is an extremely refined tradition of superlative RG machine making. Unfortunately the truly weird Hello Kitty music removes any gravitas.
__SPACER__ This outdoor machine, made by Jesse Ferguson at the Earth Center uses only natural elements such as sticks, stones and leaves, to hammer a large bell.<p /><p />My favorite moment is the spinning fern leaf which has just enough energy to topple the next component in the sequence, with the delicacy of a feather.
__SPACER__ The celebrated Honda Accord commercial where all of the components in a very long Rube Goldberg machine are parts of the actual car.<p /><p />What makes this such a great RG machine is that it is so very finely toleranced, car tires appear to move uphill, impossibly, ball bearings are slowed to a precise speed by engine oil, and tiny car parts move large ones. A beautiful piece.
__SPACER__ In 1987 Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss made a huge 100 feet long spectacular Rube Goldberg device. This was possibly the inspiration for the Honda commercial. <p /><p />What makes it really wonderful is that it uses all sorts of forces, fire, water chemical reactions rather than ball bearings under gravity, which are the staple of so many devices.