Bizarre Gadgets

slinky escalator

After an insane amount of trial and error, Matthias Wandel achieved mankind’s dream of an endless slinky staircase.

As you’ll see, this project took few hilarious engineering turns with what appears to be an uncooperative slinky. But once he added a hand crank to control the speed, the never-ending staircase and slinky married in perfect harmony.

Check out the video after the break.

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origami-robot

MIT researchers have developed a tiny origami-style robot that folds itself up, does a bunch of cool moves, and can be dissolved in acetone.

This amazing robot premiered at the 2015 ICRA Conference in Seattle, Washington. It represents the first time a robot was able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and the hope is that one day it will be able to perform these actions inside a human body.

IEEE explains:

“…we present a novel single-sheet structure that self-folds into a centimeter-sized mobile robot that subsequently walks, swims, and dissolves. The robot is controlled using an external magnetic field exerted by embedded coils underneath the robot. Equipped with just one permanent magnet, the robot features a lightweight body yet can perform many tasks reliably despite its simplicity. The minimal body materials enable the robot to completely dissolve in a liquid environment, a difficult challenge to accomplish if the robot had a more complex architecture. This study is the first to demonstrate that a functional robotic device can be created and operated from the material level, promising versatile applications including use in vivo.”

Check out more photos and the incredible video of the robot in action after the break.

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Colin Furze (who we’ve featured previously for his amazingly dangerous experiments) decided to strap a jet engine, and his own ass, to a homebuilt go-kart that can reach speeds of up to 60 mph.

That’s not particularly fast to be honest, but it looks like a crazy vehicle you might find in Mad Max: Fury Road. See it in action after the break…

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Mobility scooters aren’t generally the kinds of things that strike fear into the hearts of men, but this one is the exception. It’s been custom-fitted with a flamethrower by Lance Greathouse of Greathouse Labs in Phoenix, Arizona.

They design all manner of tricked out wheels for people in wheelchairs or scooters so they can have fun with their rides. He calls this creation Lord Humongous and it took a month’s labor and $1,000 to build. Underneath the kick-ass exterior is an electric golf cart with all terrain tires and a seat from a helicopter. Yeah, you just watch how fast people clear a path for this thing!

See another picture and video after the break…

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Want to make annoying co-workers, friends, or family disappear? Well, JPL’s Mark Rober has you covered. All it takes is a Nintendo case, a motion detector, an Arduino board, and a few other components.

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