Most useless machine loses carbon footprint

[Clayton Boyer] took the electricity out of the useless machine, making one that runs like a clock. To this point, we’ve always seen these useless machine use electric motors. [Clayton's] clever design uses a wind-up spring and a series of wooden gears to bring the fun, making it a great companion for the binary adder you built. The video above shows the inner workings and the design plans are for sale. We’d love to print out the parts or perhaps just laser-cut them from wood like the legs of this spider bot.

[Thanks llwynog]

Comments

  1. woutervddn says:

    sweet! xD
    it’s getting hard to decide which one to build, the electric one or this one

  2. Stephen says:

    Nifty! :)

    “[Clayton's] cleaver design”

    Not trying to be a grammar Nazi here, but didn’t you mean “clever”?

  3. James says:

    Still has a carbon footprint – look at how your food gets shipped to you :)

  4. Ziegler says:

    I for sure like the clock work version more than the motor driven ones!

  5. John says:

    Did anyone else notice that he wound it counter-clockwise? Kinda bugs me and makes me want to build one just so I can make it wind the right way…haha!

  6. djrussell says:

    @stephen

    ““[Clayton's] cleaver design”

    Not trying to be a grammar Nazi here, but didn’t you mean “clever”?”

    Not trying to be a post nazi here, but didn’t you mean spelling?

  7. Bob says:

    @djrussell

    I’m not trying to be a punctuation Nazi, but didn’t you mean to use apostrophes for the inner quotes instead of quotation marks?

  8. Bob says:

    This would be even better if the action of flipping the switch to the on position generated all the winding energy needed to run the box.

  9. Mikey says:

    That’s amazing. Wish I knew jack about gear work, these things are completely beyond me.

  10. DarwinSurvivor says:

    Cool design, but I was honestly hoping “loses carbon footprint” meant that the act of hitting the lever powered the mechanism. This would make the lever stiffer (conservation of energy), but would make it much more “mysterious”.

  11. unaboomer says:

    @DarwinSurvivor

    That would be a perpetual motion machine, which is impossible thanks to our friendly laws of thermodynamics.

    I agree that would be great, though. ;)

  12. biozz says:

    im sorry but i have had enough with these useless machines … this is what like #10 here on hackaday … i get it there funny but god let it go

  13. Tim says:

    @unaboomer

    No it wouldn’t. The second law of thermodynamics only applies to isolated systems. The human pushing the lever is imparting energy from outside the system, so the second law doesn’t apply.

  14. Brian says:

    @unaboomer

    no, he means pressing the lever winds the spring/cocks the device. Not perpetual motion at all.

  15. Steve says:

    I like the electric version better, runs a lot faster. The small trap door and slow stroking of the lever back into place is just bizarre looking.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Well… actually. The LEGO version didn’t use electric motors:

  17. mark says:

    used to have a tin money box like this when I was a kid (long time ago). You wind it up, put the money on the switch and a skeleton hand would come and retrieve the coin.

  18. Frogz says:

    i need a cox baby bee 0.049 engine powered version
    or hell…
    maybe i’ll just go full size and use a lawnmower engine to power a TINY generator to power a motor for 1 of these :D

  19. Paul says:

    @Bob

    Not trying to be a moral Nazi here, but don’t you have better things to do than correcting a correction’s correction?

  20. Cynic says:

    @Mark My brother used to have the same money box! Scared the crap out of me as a toddler

  21. Bob says:

    someone needs to make a most useless rube goldberg machine

  22. Bob says:

    @Paul

    Not trying to be an immoral Nazi…. Awww, forget it =)

    If we added a plant to this machine, it would have a negative carbon footprint.

  23. junadmana says:

    I admire that one which operates on clockwork mechanism. Simply for the fact that this one required a lot more hard work, creativity, and imagination. Great work1

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