16 thoughts on “Hack Media: Snoil

  1. I actually made some ferrofluid once. It wasn’t nearly as smooth as the stuff this guy’s using. A friend of mine was making chainmail, and I got all his steel filings, added oil until it was liquidy. It was too gritty, but still a lot of fun. Another friend happened to have a 1 tesla magnet laying around that the lab he worked in had thrown away. The fluid would freeze solid anywhere near the magnet, but if you moved the container in small circles near it, it would actually grow lots of thin, inch-long spikes.

    This display is a really neat idea. No real practical use, but then, it’s really hard to come up with a practical use for ferrofluid, neat as it is. (The best I’ve heard is variable-visocosity breaks)

    New meaning to the term ‘snake oil’ I guess.

  2. laser printer toner+canolla oil
    its pretty much the EXACT same thing as far as operation goes compared to the professional stuff
    this display is ok but it isnt as cool as it could be

  3. I have a bottle of the stuff I bought a year ago. I did the usual stuff with it; super magnets, energized wires, climbing liquids… I wanted to build a solenoid matrix for it to sit on to make shapes but it looks like these guys beat me to it. The fluid is great fun to work with but be warned, it’s messy as hell. The oil will get into everything it touches.

  4. I am trying to get the video to work, but when it starts, it says it can’t download the required codec because it isn’t available. The it starts, but it is all white with no sound. Where can I get the codec?

  5. If anyone bothered to look very closely at the snoil vid, you’d notice in the second part “infinite oil” just at the beginning when he goes to pick it up, there is a nanosecond where the frame moves, but the liquid and the “oil” lettering does not. Looks like a hoax to me. Check it out for yourselves.

  6. #11 make sure you have quicktime 7 or something able to decode H264.
    #13 I agree it looks just like it’s been rotoscoped (badly)over the top of bad footage, but in the last part of the video they show the base and the top part that holds the oil are seprate, and when he goes to pick it up, at first he just moves the top, but the magnet array underneath stays still. looks cool though

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