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Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine

Rube Goldberg machines are frequently featured here on DYH, so when one appears that fits into two suitcases, and has a name like “Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine”, you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to get featured.

The machine, by a design studio called HeyHeyHey, was built in response to their first Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine, which was such a success that groups all around the world requested its availability for shows and festivals. Since it didn’t travel well, HeyHeyHey decided to build another Melvin, but this time, they wanted to make it portable.

The result is a Rube Goldberg machine that’s specifically built to travel the world, and even acts like a tourist when he gets there, ‘sending’ its own postcards and taking pictures of those around it.

It’s an impressive work of interactive art, and the website does a great job of detailing each step in the process, and documenting the journey that Melvin takes, so I highly recommend you check it out.

[Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine]

The Page Turner

When you’re reading a book, you probably don’t think about what it takes to turn each page.

But what if you could turn each page turn into an event?

That’s what Joseph Herscher has done with The Page Turner, a Rube Goldberg machine that lets you sip coffee while waiting for the page to turn, and let the machine take care of the rest.

Johnny Cupcakes Opens London Store With Crazy Ball Machine

Johnny Cupcakes London Grand Opening

When Johnny Cupcakes opens a new shop, they want it to be filled with unique experiences – making you feel like you stepped into a time warp. All shops are set up as old fashioned bakeries, displaying limited edition t-shirts in refrigerators rather than actual cupcakes. T-shirts even get packaged in special food/bakery packaging.

For the opening of their London shop, they created a Rube Goldberg style machine that puts metal balls on an endless, and endlessly entertaining, loop through various jumps, hoops and whoops:

[Johnny Cupcakes – London Opening]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Personas?

Personas

Personas is a fascinating art piece that takes a name and ‘scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person – to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data’.

Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. It allows you to see how the machine is working, revealing the computer’s uncanny insights and inadvertent errors such as the mischaracterizations caused by the inability to separate data from multiple owners of the same name. It is meant for the viewer to reflect on our current and future world where digital histories are as important – if not more important – than oral histories, and computational methods of condensing our digital traces are opaque and socially ignorant – for now. Fortunes are sought through data-mining vast information repositories, and this kind of data is indispensable but far from infallible.

So go ahead; give it your name and give it a shot.

[Personas]

…Dice rolling is hard?

GamesByEmail.com needed a way to create thousands of dice rolls each day that would be equally random, so it created the Dice-O-Matic, a machine that is able to randomly roll up to 1.3 million die per day!

The machine is surprisingly simple, and uses a central conveyor belt that runs up a column to lift the dice past a camera, which records the numbers, and then down a chute where they roll and tumble to ensure complete randomness:

And you thought your 20-sided D&D dice were difficult to handle!

[Via: Gizmodo]