Jochem van Grieken, from Utrecht, has built a useless robot that reminds me of the myth of Sisyphus.
Tea-bot is a machine which will dip your teabag in and out of your hot water, measure the elapsed time, and set the used teabag aside once the tea is done. Yes, it is pointless, but that’s the whole point.
I’ll use some restraint this time and refrain from making any political or sex jokes, I leave that up to you to post in the comments section…
Via: Google search of “Useless Machine”
Like myself, Steve is fascinated with the concept of a machine with only one function: to turn itself off.
Steve’s article begins with a history of Ultimate/Useless Machines including links to other useless articles and goes on to review the two Useless Machine apps available for the iPhone/Pad. I’ve mentioned one of the apps in a previous post, but the second one is news to me.
For those interested in UM’s I highly recommend that you check it out.
If you’re wonder about the drawing to the left, it’s Steve’s favicon. For an explanation look here.
Concerning Useless apps, I don’t own an iPhone/Pad so I haven’t had a chance to try these programs. One is free, and the other costs a whopping 99 cents.
If Steve Jobs is listening, please know that I would gladly trade a handcrafted UM for an iPad. If Stephen Colbert can beg for an iPad, I don’t see any reason why I can’t! (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more…)
The Useless Machine has been voted as the “Robot of the Year” at engadget.com.