Posts Tagged ultimate
Over in Denmark a hacker called Berthos concluded:
that it was time to waste time bigtime.
- no useful function
- moving parts
- simple yet complex
- user interaction
- blinking lights
- entertain users and observers
A video of the machine follows the break:
YouTuber Inventor211 has built a steampunk air-driven UM. I asked him how he came up with his design and if he had any tips. He wrote back:
“I was surfing you tube one day and I saw a Lego Clockwork useless machine. I don’t have a clockwork motor so I built an airpowered one instead. No tips .. I just built it from my brain!”
Keep in mind that some of the purists out there may argue that this machine isn’t entirely useless as it may be classified as exercise equipment…
Here’s a Lego UM built by YouTuber Berbos! And some cool pics of the innerds and a great video…
Like myself, Steve is fascinated with the concept of a machine with only one function: to turn itself off.
Steve’s article begins with a history of Ultimate/Useless Machines including links to other useless articles and goes on to review the two Useless Machine apps available for the iPhone/Pad. I’ve mentioned one of the apps in a previous post, but the second one is news to me.
For those interested in UM’s I highly recommend that you check it out.
If you’re wonder about the drawing to the left, it’s Steve’s favicon. For an explanation look here.
Concerning Useless apps, I don’t own an iPhone/Pad so I haven’t had a chance to try these programs. One is free, and the other costs a whopping 99 cents.
If Steve Jobs is listening, please know that I would gladly trade a handcrafted UM for an iPad. If Stephen Colbert can beg for an iPad, I don’t see any reason why I can’t! (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more…)
WooHoo, I be a real author, now! Check it out: makezine.com/23/uselessmachine/ . I can’t wait to get my print copy.
Please note, if you don’t have a subscription to Make you’ll only be able to view limited content. The full build instructions however, are available for all and can be found here