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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Real Live Rube Goldberg

(Click here to see the video clip)

You remember Wile E Coyote, right? With all his crazy inventions to try and catch the Roadrunner (Tom and Jerry were great for these as well). At any rate, there's actually a name for these things - they're called Rube Goldberg devices. Seems that Rube was a cartoonist. But the devices can actually be made for real. Here are a couple of examples to illustrate.

The first one (above) is made out of stuff you'd find in a forest. The second one illustrates how you can use a car to start a car (the Honda Cog). And both are simply amazing. These are real - they were photo-shopped or CGI'd. They were filmed in realtime, cameras rolling, and they show what a little creativity can do (I suppose you could think of this as rock-balancing-in-motion). I can't wait to see my kids run wild with this one...


At 12:14 PM, June 14, 2006, Blogger Ryan Kellermeyer said...

Hmm... not sure about the Honda one. You sure that's not CGI?

No computer can generate this kind of corniness though...

At 12:51 PM, June 14, 2006, Blogger Christian said...

According to the Wikipedia article Cogs (television commercial), the commercial is for real (well, almost) - it was made in 2 takes (since you couldn't get the whole thing in one room. And CGI was only used for lighting adjustment.

At 12:54 PM, June 14, 2006, Blogger Christian said...

And as for that David Hasselhof link... all I can say is WOW. I am speechless. What kind of sick, warped person goes to the time and effort to make something like this anyway? Wow. :-)


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