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Turn the Crank and Watch This Mechanical Camping Scene Come to Life

A gift for a long distance partner shows a great use of mechanical design
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How ‘Robots’ of the Enlightenment Era Gave Us an Early Glimpse of Automation

The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey and his wife Heather are auctioning a selection of rare mechanical devices called automata in Edinburgh, Scotland. Automata are models of people or animals from previous centuries that appear to be moving independently but are actually animated by a hidden clockwork mechanism. They were a form of artificial intelligence that took the world by storm long before the digital age. For too many of us, their fascinating story has… read more

The Watchmakers Guild Was My Favorite Booth at Maker Faire Austin

Watch and learn. The watchmakers guild at the recent Austin Maker Faire was definitely worth making time for.
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Weekend Watch: The Delightful Automata of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

Watch as these small automata come to life. Butt-sniffing dogs, wiggling mustaches, a feeling machine, oh my!
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Watch the Life-Like Motion of This Wooden Hummingbird Automaton

Derek Hugger designs his automata the hard way. He uses Illustrator for the initial basic forms, sketching them out on a Wacom tablet, and then uses animation software to see them in motion. “More than really overthinking it, I just started drawi…

Makers Love Cardboard: 8 Awesome Projects from Maker Faire Prove It

We love cardboard. It’s versatile and you can find it just about everywhere. Here are some awesome cardboard projects from Maker Faire.
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Wobblebots Walk Without Motors or Electronics

Wobblebots are simple robots that can walk down an incline using only potential energy.
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New Project: How to Make Cardboard Automata

  Perhaps the most famous automaton, the fabled Turk, ended up being a clever hoax, not a true automaton. To see an honest historical automaton, one needs to visit the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, where Maillardet’s Au…

Beautiful Clockwork Woodcraft Projects

German maker Christopher Blasius sent us the link to his wonderful projects that use some easy-to-build mechanisms to run whimsical clockwork toys.Read more on MAKE

Miniature Hand-Cranked Marble Machine

Check out this tiny marble machine.Read the full article on MAKE