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0:03 Satisfying Hexagons: this delightful kinetic art manipulation toy features 19 nested hexagons within a hexagonal frame. Embedded magnets allows one to move the central hexagon from behind creating interesting visual effects. A 3D print created by (i am the lazy engineer)- indeed oddly satisfying!
1:01 Single Tube Nixie Clock: This minimalist clock uses a standard 5V USB connection and modern electronics to power a single Russian made ИH-14A Nixie tube- here the display shows the time 12:36 flashed in sequence. Long before there were 7 segment LED displays there was the Nixie- cold cathode tubes with a wire mesh and 10 cathodes shaped in the form of numerals 0-9 that illuminate through neon glow discharge at 170Volts. A diffraction grating reveals the brightest emission lines of the neon spectrum including: violet, green, bright yellow, and a bunch of orange/red lines characteristic of this noble has. The “Numeric Indicator eXperimental 1” or NIX 1 was introduced in 1955 by Burroughs Corporation and manufactured until the 1990s.
1:48 3-Shuttle Trammel of Archimedes: as the shuttles take turns completing their straight line journeys, the end of the crank arm traces an ellipse. Sometimes sold as a “do nothing machine” or “nothing grinder”, far from doing nothing this simple and crucially important mechanism demonstrates how rotational motion can be converted into translational oscillatory motion- such as how a piston can drive an engine’s crankshaft.
2:26 Rubin Vase: the physics and psychophysics of vision and perception are on display with this glazed ceramic version of psychologist Edgar Rubin’s famous vase.
2:50 Kinetic Rubin Vase @exploratorium: spin this ceramic version of the Rubin Vase illusion and the white background transforms to two people talking. Entitled “Talking Face to Vase” this kinetic art is a permanent installation at the Exploratorium museum in San Fransisco, USA that features the physics and psychophysics of vision and perception. The vase demonstrates the figure-ground distinction made by the brain- is it a vase, or two faces in profile?
4:00 spYke Ferrofluid Display Cell: another spectacular display cell by Concept Zero Design featuring a colloidal ferromagnetic liquid in a specially prepared water-alcohol suspension. The orange background highlights the curious spiking behavior of the black ferrofluid- a result of the interplay between magnetic force and surface tension between the liquids.
4:51 Golden Ferrofluid
5:14 Ferrofluid Magician
5:58 Turning Card: rotational kinetic art moiré pattern generation on a postcard. The pattern of lines on a transparent top layer is rotated over a similar colored pattern creating the morphing moiré interference patterns. I found this postcard in the @Exploratorium museum shop last week. Made by Bizarr Verlag.
6:29 Cube Top
6:46 Interception Collision Toy
7:23 Previous QUIZ
8:00 Answer of previous QUIZ
8:15 PHYSICS BRAIN TEASER
8:49 BONUS CLIP
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