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Seiko’s “Art of Time”

Seiko has been manufacturing watches for over 90 years. This little video entitled Art of Time highlights the skilled craftsmanship and precision that goes into creating their time pieces.

It’s a Rube Golberg contraption reduced to a size that could fit on a work bench, a stark contrast to some machines that could fill a large studio. Seiko’s machine includes 1200 parts, with some as small as 0.7mm, and the setup reportedly has been a year in the making. Arguably the machine requires human intervention to get to its conclusion, but I suspect that’s a nod to the Grand Seiko watches and movements that are still built by hand. Check out¬†Art of Time below.

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Isaac Newton Meets Rube Goldberg in This Gravity-Defying Contraption

We’ve seen Rube Goldberg machines that turn the simple process of turning a page, taking a photo, and sending a postcard into a series elaborate chain reactions.

With clever use of magnets, magic, and mechanics the folks over at Canadian production company 2D House created a Rube Goldberg machine that seems to defy Newton’s law of universal gravitation. There’s even a nod to the apple incident. Check out Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg below.

[via Colossal]

Melvin the Travelling Rube Goldberg Machine

While it may not be as complex as some other Rube Goldberg machines, Melvin the Mini Machine is at least portable.

Created by Eindhoven design studio HEYHEYHEY, Melvin extends across two suitcases and was built to rubber-stamp a friendly message onto a postcard and affix a postage stamp so that the postcard is ready to send. Watch as Melvin uses a bow a tie, a smoking pipe, a mouse trap, a choo choo train, and ever so tiny porcelain clogs to make the simple task necessarily complex and thoroughly amusing.

[via This is Colossal]

The Page Turner

Joseph Herscher from Brooklyn New York likes to build rube goldberg machines. In his latest long-winded contraption, he shows you how to turn the page of a newspaper, the Joseph Herscher way. It’s a 19-step process that even involves agitating a hamster. Have a look at The Page Turner below.

[via PS3ZA]

The Amazing Photo-Taking Rube Goldberg Machine

This has to be one of the most and creative Rube Goldberg machines we’ve seen yet. With helping hands from some of his friends, David Dvir of photographic studio 2D Photography in Ontario, Canada spent over six months assembling the bits and bobs and setting up the complex interactions to complete the action of taking a photograph.

The convoluted contraption makes uses of CompactFlash cards as dominoes, a photo booth, an ingenious baggage checking system, and even has a little nod to Mario.

You can read more about the project on the 2D Photography blog.

[via GreyHamz on Twitter]

Play This: Dynamic Systems

Inspired by the Rube Goldberg process of creating machines, Dynamic systems is an addictive puzzler that has you fabricating elaborate machines to perform a simple task – in this case it is to make the little metal ball go in the bucket. There are 40 levels to complete.

Play Dynamic Systems at Kongregate.

Creme That Egg!

It’s all in the title. Now prepare to be totally amazed or horribly disappointed depending on how you read that title ;)

Creme That Egg is another Rube Goldberg machine that perform a simple task in a convoluted way.

The Does-Nothing-o-Matic

Some people have too much free time on their hands. Watch as one action leads to another, and another, and another…

It’s an example of a Rube Goldberg machine – an extremely complex apparatus that performs a very simple, very easy task in an indirect and convoluted way – thanks MaXiM.