kontraptionist:

To mark the occasion of 31,000 Kontraptionist Lab followers, I bring to you the guts of the lottery machine clock! Yes, that’s right, instead of random numbers, it tells the time.

In spite of all the speculation at the opening reception, there are no magnets, no microchips, no weights, velcro, or magic of any kind here, just good old fashioned slight of hand. 

Four stepper motors drive four large Multi-Ply gears housing the display balls, and no fewer than four high power blowers supply enough air to make all of the balls dance around. A fifth blower is all it takes to launch all four of the appropriate balls in to their final display positions. 

On display now at Callicoon Fine arts in the lower east side

James HoffMilking the Flat Cow
November 11, 2012 - January 6, 2013
124 Forsyth St. New York NY 10002 

- Aidan

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Monday 3 December, 2012

Just make sure you don’t touch anything, yeah? (via)

Aidan

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Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Watch out for the brilliant bit where it rubs off the old time.

(via Hackaday)

- Aidan

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Wednesday 14 March, 2012
These here are some pretty awesome looking clocks. I don’t know what they were originally (other than something out of a plane) but check out the video. Slick stuff. (via)
- Aidan

These here are some pretty awesome looking clocks. I don’t know what they were originally (other than something out of a plane) but check out the video. Slick stuff. (via)

- Aidan

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Monday 25 July, 2011