Thursday, December 09, 2010

Amazingly realistic electronic butterfly in a jar

Amazingly realistic electronic butterfly in a jar
I saw this in a store last weekend and was quite impressed. Here's a guilt-free way to have you own butterfly in a jar. The butterfly's motion is surprisingly realistic given how simple the mechanism is. A very clever bit of engineering that creates an very lifelike effect. At $20 USD, it's very affordable too.

The animated image above doesn't do the motion justice. Here is a YouTube video that shows the butterfly in action:

About the electronic butterfly in a jar:
Each Electronic Butterfly in a Jar is a jar with a wire in it. The wire has a fake butterfly on the end. Somehow, when you tap the top or make a loud sound, the electronics in the cap make the wire wiggle. This creates the very realistic illusion of the butterfly flittering around your jar. It even just stays on the glass and flexes its wings sometimes.

The butterflies come in pink, blue, orange (Monarch), and yellow.
Electronic Butterfly in a Jar colors
Here's where you can get your own electronic butterfly in a jar.

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