Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Reader Contribution: Ask the Great Magnus

Automata / Automaton Blog reader Les Clay sent a note via the contact form telling us of a recently finished project titled 'Ask the Great Magnus'. This the second unique automaton he has finished.

From the YouTube description:
Another automaton based on the mechanism used in the Climate Change Prognosticator. A color-changing LED lights the interior under the crystal ball, but its effect is not noticeable on video. The figure's arms are poseable to some extent. The head, hands and skull are sculpted in polymer clay. The skull glows in the dark. You may notice that the "future" can sometimes appear hazy — often falling between two symbols — a side-effect of the mechanism, which uses no gears or pulleys, and none of the moving parts are connected to each other.

Interested in making your own automaton? Check out the the Automata Books page, the Automata Kits page, or Automaton Plans page.

[ Thanks Les! ]

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feature! I actually got the idea for its randomizing mechanism from one of your previous blog posts:
http://blog.dugnorth.com/2010/02/interesting-repelling-magnets-on.html

Les

August 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

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