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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]

Sharp Creates A Musical Rube Goldberg Machine

For the release of the Touch Wood SH-08C handset, Sharp created a giant Rube Goldberg stye marimba in the Kyushu woodlands of Japan that plays Bach’s Cantata 147.

Apparently, no artificial music was added to the final spot, and only the background noises were adjusted to enhance the effect.


…This Too Shall Pass?

Chances are, you’ve already seen OK Go’s new video for This Too Shall Pass, but their Rube Goldberg machine is a MUST SEE (and you know how much I love Rube Goldberg machines on DYH) so just in case, here it is: