A pair of Rube Goldberg builds

Here’s a couple of videos of Rube Goldberg machines that [Austin] built. The one above was completed in 2008 as a commercial contest entry for something-or-other. After the break you can see his build from 2007 which was just for fun. Both are quite nice additions to our collection of the complicated devices. We especially like the use of a sub-woofer to move a ping-pong ball and a vibrating cell phone for some wireless integration.

19 thoughts on “A pair of Rube Goldberg builds

  1. WOW!

    I loved the use of:
    – water displacement
    – magnetic ‘ladder’
    – airsoft turret
    – cellphone + dacta motor
    – and many others

    really awesome work here

  2. I wonder how many times he had to reset and reshoot these before he got a one-take-run? (Thinking of the Mythbusters and their 50-odd reshoots of their Mentos/Diet Coke and electric monkey machine).

    Loved the use of cell phones in the machine. :)

  3. My favorite parts are where it looks as if something goes wrong but then it turns out it’s all part of the plan. Awesome!

  4. Have seen a lot of these, but this showed some new things that were totally awesome, the phones, the water, and the speakers for one, also the pool balls on the tiles were pretty awesome.

  5. So where’s the rube goldberg machine that promises to make you breakfast, but actually shoots you in the arm by releasing a helium balloon tied to the gun trigger?!
    (Family guy reference)
    But I guess the airsoft headshot was close enuff a reference!

  6. It’s interesting to think of all the technology involved just to make the “simple” phone call and how it all becomes part of the machine as well.

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