About

Frivolous Engineering was born sometime after our founder posted a YouTube video called The Most Useless Machine EVER?!!??? on December 28th, 2009. It went viral that New Years Eve. Since then it’s had more than 10.5 million views and and is still climbing!

Useless Machine Video Growth Chart

Frivolous Engineering started selling Useless Machine Kits in Oct 2011.  All of our Machines and Kits are made here in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Frivolous Engineering Company is currently owned and operated by Brett Coulthard.

Our Mission Statement:
To provide enjoyable, educational electronic kits.

Brett’s Bio:

Brett is a Telecommunications Electronics Technician by training. His varied interests in all things technical has allowed him to branch out into other areas of electronics.

Since graduating from Saskatchewan Polytechnic he has worked in a variety of technical positions: cellular telephony, industrial robots, computer animation are just some of the things he’s done.

Way back in the early 90’s, while working as an exhibit maintenance and design technician at the Science Center he stumbled upon the Internet. The Science Center had a dial-up account with the University of Regina that was part of Sasknet, part of the early backbone of the internet. This was before there were hardly ANY commercial internet providers, here or anywhere else in the world.

Needless to say, our founder considers himself an early adopter of tech!

A couple of other geeks at the Science Centre were some of the very first people in Regina to surf the net. Moving up from local dial-up bulletin boards to the actual internet was freakin, awesome.  Even if it was at 2400 baud.

Because he was a telecommunications technician, he jumped right in. As a hobby he started posting YouTube videos in 2008.