I honestly have no idea why it is so satisfying to play with, but after watching many many other people constantly flicking the switch on this mysterious black box I know I’m not alone in finding it so fascinating.This is a great little gizmo to own…
…And also I’d say a pretty neat thing to give as a gift!
Please check out Oli’s blog not only for this fantastic review but to see the cool mechanical puzzles that he writes about.
Dave Johnson built this mysterious box, as shown in the YouTube video above. From the video’s description:
Here’s our old pal Sisyphus again, this time trying to avoid his responsibilities by hiding in a box.
My core inspirations were these:
1) Claude Shannon’s Ultimate Machine.
2) The availability of a nice old microscope box.
3) The astonishing human capacity for denial.
This is an entirely mechanical machine, driven by gravity. I really like the articulated head, it swivels to the side giving you a look that says: “Close de door, it’s cold out there!”
If you thought the Lego Useless Machine was cool, then check this out: Clayton Boyer has come up with this incredible design for a wooden clockwork Useless Machine. $40 will get you a complete set of plans.